The children of Israel faced many challenges on their way to the promised land. They murmured, they rebelled and many fell in the wilderness. They were a difficult people to love! Nothing that was done was enough for these people, they almost made God change His mind about them being God’s special people – Exodus 32:10 Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them. Then I will make you into a great nation.” .
At a point in the desert of Zin Miriam died and of course they mourned for her and then ran out of water. Oh! How Israel forgot all the wonders, signs and miracles God had wrought in their midst. They complained and murmured as usual against Moses and Aaron blaming them for all the woes that have befallen them. Then ……
Numbers 20:6 Moses and Aaron went from the assembly to the entrance to the tent of meeting and fell face down, and the glory of the Lord appeared to them.7 The Lord said to Moses,
The Lord saw the sorrow in the heart of Moses and Aaron and before they could utter a word in prayer God spoke to them just as He promised in Isaiah 65:24 Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear. Well, you may be wondering why God did not provide solution to the water crisis in the camp according to Isaiah 65! Israel did not ask, they did not speak to God, they were instead murmuring and blaming Moses and Aaron just like you and I does. Instead of talking to God about our situation, asking Him for solution, we ask why we are in the situation we are in, why us we ask very often. Why not us?
However, what I want to point out is Moses and Aaron’s action. Remember before they spoke, the Lord answered them for their action spoke and the Lord saw their heart. Well, they had to “rob” it into the Israelite who got it wrong, whose action was contrary to the will of God. Moses and Aaron having been favored, in their obedience to the ways of God reacted untowardly to the Israelite, calling out their errors. In the process Moses struck the rock contrary to the commandment of God and this displeased God, causing both Moses and Aaron entering the promised land.
Friends, to whom much is given, much is expected! You have been forgiven much, favored much, for before you asked you received what others in much toiling and murmuring have not been able to receive. Don’t you think you should be gentle and empathetic? Do you have to call them out? Rob it in? Take a cue from Moses and Aaron and be careful with “Israel”, whatever Israel means to you. Do not forget to honor the Lord’s sacrifice for the life of His people. Every saint, every being is important to the Lord and as such we must be cautious how we represent our Savior Jesus Christ before them. Children comes to my mind here! Our children are watching us honoring God or not. Which will it be? Children here could be physical or spiritual – young ones, unbelievers, babes in the things of the Kingdom.
The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelite, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.” – Numbers 20:12.
Father Lord Almighty, have mercy on us and forgive us of all unrighteousness. Please show us the errors of our ways and redirect us to your ways, the path of righteousness. Create a right spirit within us and rekindle your fire within. May we not be stripped of the glorious future you have ordained for us. May we not stumble naked through life. Clothe us Lord with your righteousness as with a garment that your glory may shine in and through us to the uttermost in Jesus Christ mighty name we pray. Amen
Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!
Numbers 10:29 Now Moses said to Hobab son of Reuel the Midianite, Moses’ father-in-law, “We are setting out for the place about which the Lord said, ‘I will give it to you.’ Come with us and we will treat you well, for the Lord has promised good things to Israel.” 30 He answered, “No, I will not go; I am going back to my own land and my own people.” 31 But Moses said, “Please do not leave us. You know where we should camp in the wilderness, and you can be our eyes. 32 If you come with us, we will share with you whatever good things the Lord gives us.”
Moses asked his brother in law to go with him- Israel to possess their possession. Hobab said no, but Moses refused to take no for an answer. He begged Hobab. Moses who speaks with God face to face asking an heathen to come with Israel to the promised land. He asked Hobab to be his eyes along the path to fulfilling destiny! How can this be? With the pillar of cloud and all the wonderful signs and wonders God is showing him, how could he say that! Pastor Moses what do you mean?
He knows by the help of the Holy Spirit that God uses the foolish things of this world to confound the wise. Moses remembered Jethro’s wise counsel and what great gain it brought to him and Israel by reducing burnout and unnecessary frictions.
In the wilderness, Jethro paid Moses a visit and witness the stress and commotion around the camp I must say for he spoke thus to Moses in Exodus 18:17 Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. 18 You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone. 19 Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you. You must be the people’s representative before God and bring their disputes to him. 20 Teach them his decrees and instructions, and show them the way they are to live and how they are to behave. 21 But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. 22 Have them serve as judges for the people at all times, but have them bring every difficult case to you; the simple cases they can decide themselves. That will make your load lighter, because they will share it with you. 23 If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied.” 24 Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said.
In the fulfillment of destiny thus, having an allies such as Hobab with the knowledge of the terrain will be a great advantage to Moses and Israel and as such Moses did not relent in convincing Hobab to go with him. Moses sure knows how to get Hobab unboard. Verse 32 of Numbers Moses said to Hobab, “if you come with us, we will share with you whatever good things the Lord gives us. This speaks volume about the kind of man and leader Moses was. He was humble enough to learn from Jethro and wise enough to know Hobab as a companion on this journey is great gain. Israel having been in bondage for so long have lost touch with the reality of the world outside and Hobab being a free man all this while travelling far and wide will be a good guide and instructor, an eye for Israel.
There are treasures abounding in the earthen vessels all around you. Everyone has something to bring to the table. We all have a part to play in every and any relationship. Ask for grace to see and wisdom to be able to tap the resources bestowed upon all your relationships from the past, present, intimate, casual, important and seemingly unimportant. There is a lesson to learn from every single interaction. Everything works for your good!
Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!
Numbers 10:11 On the twentieth day of the second month of the second year, the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle of the covenant law. 12 Then the Israelites set out from the Desert of Sinai and traveled from place to place until the cloud came to rest in the Desert of Paran. 13 They set out, this first time, at the Lord’s command through Moses.
May every cloud covering your sight, hindering you from seeing clearly be lifted in Jesus name. May the light of God shine through every cloud to make your path clearer in Jesus Christ mighty name. Amen! Every fog of the mind dissipate in Jesus name. No more confusion!!!
Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!
The Lord is with you, do not be afraid
The creator of heaven and earth is with you, do not be afraid
The Most High God is with you, do not be afraid
The Everlasting King of Glory is with you, do not be afraid
The Lord is your strength and Salvation, do not be afraid
The Lord is your shield and buckler, do not be afraid
The Lord shall give His angel charge over you, do not be afraid
The Lord is at your right hand, do not be afraid
The Lord has set His eyes upon you, do not be afraid
The Lord shall uphold you, do not be afraid
The Lord shall go before you, do not be afraid
The Lord shall teach you, do not be afraid
The Lord is in thy midst, do not be afraid
The Lord is within thee, do not be afraid
Only believe, stand still and you will see the manifestation of His power
Do not be afraid!!!!!! Fear Thee Not!
Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!
Friends, who is around you? Relationships, probably from your past, intimate relationship, casual acquaintance, once inconsequential and hurtful may be an eye opener, a tool to work out an expected end for you.
Your experiences and acquaintances that were once a burden may be the seed that God planted to yield for you an harvest of fruit, spiritual fruit for your future. The pain of the past were training in righteousness which the Lord is using to bring to your awareness presently, His goodness and mercy, undeserving and yet bestowed.
Be led by the Spirit of God, trust not in thyself, yield your heart unto the Lord and be expectant – there are treasures from every trials. Remember pearls are made from sand and frictions overtime in an oyster. God works wonders always with a heart fully yielded.
Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!