WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Numbers, which we start this week, covers the time of the Israelites wandering in the wilderness from Mount Sinai to Moab, prior to entering into the Promised Land. There are two censuses in the book, one at the start of the forty years of wandering, and one at the end after that whole generation is gone.
Still, we see that God has not abandoned His people, in spite of their rebellion that led to this time of wandering. There is an emphasis on the Tabernacle and its service, and our reading this week ends with God speaking to Moses from above the Mercy Seat. In fact, we have the famous blessing God instructs Aaron to give His people here as well.
One beautiful example of God’s mercy is the method He provides for resolving conflict between a man and his wife if he suspects her of infidelity. The matter is to be placed into God’s hands, trusting Him to bring justice in the end. He has not abandoned His people.
Likewise, several of the Psalms we read this week depend on this fact, calling for God to take care of injustices that man cannot solve, and begging for God to be gentle and not crush us in spite of our sins.
Even when we are being disciplined by the Lord, He does not become spiteful towards us. He is still our just and loving heavenly Father.
VERSES TO MEDITATE ON
Do not fret because of evildoers,
Be not envious toward wrongdoers.
For they will wither quickly like the grass
And fade like the green herb.
HOW TO PRAY
- Adoration – Praise God for his amazing patience
- Confession – Confess the sins you know He has had to forgive most often.
- Thanksgiving – Thank God for never abandoning His people.
- Supplication – Pray for God to bless His people with His continuing presence, which changes everything.