He Knows Where We’ve Been

While reading through Numbers today I was struck by the following:

Here are the stages in the journey of the Israelites when they came out of Egypt by divisions under the leadership of Moses and Aaron. At the LORD’s command Moses recorded the stages in their journey. This is their journey by stages:

Numbers 33: 1-2

The Israelites have just reached the Jordan river for the second time and are getting prepped to finally go in and take the land that was promised to Abraham hundreds of years ago. They have wandered in the desert, somewhat aimlessly, for 40 years because of the doubts of the first generation. But now they are ready to trust God and move into the next big adventure He has for them.

I found it comforting to know that God kept track of every part of their journey, both the highs and the lows. I am glad that He doesn’t command me to write down every bit of my journey (hmmm, actually, I think He has, which is why I feel compelled to write today – interesting). Ok, so He doesn’t, in His explicit word, command us to write down where we have been, though for some of us, that is what He asks of us. But regardless, He keeps track of where we have been. He cares. He knows how everything fits together.

You are not alone or unimportant. The God of the entire universe knows where you have been and cares to help you move forward into the next big adventure in your life.

God loves YOU!

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Is it Ok to Question?

I have been reading numerous Christian personalities talk about how they weren’t allowed to question things in their church. Or how they believe that doubts drive us to greater faith, so doubts should be embraced as ok.

This is what I have found to be true in my Christian walk.

It is ok to have questions. David often voiced his questions in his Psalms. I once had a pastor say that we should never ask the question, “Why?” But the man after God’s own heart, David, asked, “why?” on several occasions. For instance:

I say to God my Rock, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?”

Psalm 42:9

But notice, even in David’s questioning, he still keeps God in the proper place in his life. He questions God, but doesn’t disrespect God in the process.

Sometimes our doubts get so big that they make if difficult to keep God in his rightful place. The Bible promises that God won’t leave us while we struggle to find our faith again:

if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.

2 Timothy 2:13

But I have also learned that the only way to find faith again is to actually practice faith. What is faith?

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see…. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Hebrews 11:1, 6

Believe that what God has promised is true, even if what you see right now doesn’t make sense to you. Have confidence in what you do not see. Believe that He will reward you, even if you can’t see how right now.

The other day I was frustrated about a truly minor situation, but it was still really maddening to me. I asked God to fix the situation, but He wouldn’t. Instead, He reminded me of the verse:

give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

It took some work, but I managed to get myself to thank him for being with me. And it was the craziest thing – I felt awesome, even though I was still stuck in a less-than-ideal situation!

I shouldn’t have been surprised as He promises that:

However, as it is written

“What no eye has seen,what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”[b]
the things God has prepared for those who love him—

1 Corinthians 2:9

Blessings on your journey!

I am

Just a quick thought. The other day I realized that when Job questions God about what is going on, God’s answer to Job is, essentially, I am. That is the same thing that God tells Moses when Moses asks God what His name is. And that is what Jesus says in the New Testament about Himself. Sometimes God lets us know why something happens, and sometimes He says, I am.

19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 28:19-20

A Calendar Based on Freedom

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While reading through Exodus, it hit me. The Jewish calendar starts with the freeing of the Israelites from Egypt. All of Jewish life is counted from the point of freedom through God’s mighty salvation.

May your life be counted from the point that Jesus saved you and brought you into the freedom to do right and have peace.

If you are wondering what that means, check out the link to the left: Jesus – The Bridge to Eternal Life.

Blessings on this snowy (at least in the Midwest) Sunday morning!

Why are you crying out to me?

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.”

Exodus 14:15

Our pastor said something very similar on Sunday. He was teaching on the armor of God and how we don’t need to beg for more faith, but to just act on the faith we already have.

I’m glad that in other parts of the Bible God says this:

“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”

Jeremiah 33:3

But sometimes we just need to step out in faith. Move on.

I am wondering what it is God has in mind for me, with these two teachings of the same thing coming so close together. I guess you will all hear about it sooner or later!

Have you already called on the Lord? Is He now asking you to move on? If so, remember the glorious victory he gave the Israelites in a seemingly impossible situation (Exodus 14).

Many blessings!