We’ve challenged those with us on The Journey to read through the Bible with two questions in mind. The two questions Paul asked Jesus when he encountered Him on the road to Damascus:
Who are You, Lord?
What shall I do, Lord?
We two sisters are asking the same questions and seeking insights from His Word.
Week 31: Numbers 7-11
If an alien sojourns among you and observes the Passover to the Lord, according to the statute of the Passover and according to its ordinance, so he shall do; you shall have one statute, both for the alien and for the native of the land.
Numbers 9:14 NASB
There is one true God, and there is only one way into His presence. This is what I see through the setting up of the tabernacle, the dedicating of the altar, the law He has established to make the way for His people to enter His presence.
Whether native or alien, there was only one way to celebrate Passover. Whether native or alien, there is only one way to the Father.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. …”
John 14:6 ESV
He is One God, who has made One remarkable Way to Himself. And yes, people travel many different paths to find Jesus, but He is the only way. Our God is a big enough God to reveal Himself to anyone, native or alien, if they are willing to receive His Way.
For me I hear the call to continue down the ever-narrowing path… doing things… all things… His Way… not mine…
And the people complained…
It doesn’t matter how good we have it or if we are down and out. It is our nature to find something to complain about.
His anger was kindled…
God’s anger kindled by the complaining of His children. I’ve been there. When my own children are frustrated because they think they lack something. When they moan and groan on their way to do chores, my anger is kindled. I want to shout, Is there ever enough to keep you from complaining?
Fire of the Lord consumed the outlying parts of the camp…
I wonder what parts of my camp have been scorched by my own complaining? What blessing I have missed due to my ungrateful heart?
Gratitude is the only cure for a complaining heart.
This week I’ll give thanks, in the good and the not good. Because if I believe He is working all things for my good then there is always, always a reason to give thanks.
Readings for Week 32: August 12-17, 2017