Meditation

04/29/2022

Our forefathers wend down into Egypt, and we lived there many years. The Egyptians mistreated us and our fathers, but when we cried ou to the Lord, he heard our cry and sent an angel and brought us out of Egypt. Now we are here at Kadesh, a town on the edge of your territory. Please let us pass through your country. We will not go through any field or vineyard or drink water from any well. We will travel along the king’s highway and not turn to the right or the left until we have passed through your territory. But Edom answered: ‘You may not pass through here; if you try, we will march out and attack you with the sword.’They politely asked again, but were told not to cross into their territory.” (Numbers 20:15-18)

Moses had sent a request to pass through the territory, but were refused twice and the second time, some people were killed and others captured. The Israelites were barely an obedient people, for if they had asked God for passage through the country and trusted Him to make a way for them like He did at the Red Sea, He would have done so. Instead another please was made for permission to pass through their territory was issued and it led them into a conflict. At the very least, the extra walking should have given them pause to be patient and obedient, but as I said, this was early in their relationship with God. This should be a lesson for us today, that in our times of instant gratification, God does not work that way. We are to develop our relationship with God through obedience, trust, and patience.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, today we recognize the gift of our relationship with Him and that we must understand that just because we pause for a few seconds and ask Him for something, we then tell Him if it is in Your will for us. We must then be patient, obedience and simply trust Him that if it is within His will, it will come to us. Today we also pray those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, for those we don’t know, especially the people in Ukraine, as they are fighting for their very lives and way of life. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

If someone says something untrue about you, you must live life so that no one ill believe it”

KNOWING GOD:

But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior, my God will hear me.” (Micah 7:7)

Amidst total moral collapse, God’s faithful have only one hope. The one true God is the Savior, who hears our cries for help. This is a statement of faith and willingness to wait in hope that their cry has been heard and will be responded to. The next step is to patiently wait for God’s to respond at the right time and exactly as the one praying was asking.

I AM:

The wages you failed to pay the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the havesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty.” (James 5:4)

Here, the Bible emphasizes repeatedly God’s openness to the cry of the oppressed. Their cry may condemn our self-satisfied religion.

2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1st Peter 5:7)

Beloved, we are not alone. We matter to God, and He can bear our anxieties with more insight than we. Once our worries are deposited with God, we leave them there. Why is it than when we hand over to God our problem and worries, why is that we think God needs our help in resolving our worries and/or problems?

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