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Deuteronomy 34:1-12

The Death of Moses

Here we are at the end of Deuteronomy. We started this journey back in the last week of November, some 5 ½ months ago. This is also the end of the first five books of the Bible, all of them attributed to Moses. This is also the end of Moses. He dies here at the end of Deuteronomy. Someone else will write the history of Israel and provide it leadership now. It is time to reflect.

 

Moses was OK with being a son-in-law of a sheep herder. When he fled Egypt for Midian, he spent 40 years there, gained a bride and a father-in-law. He was content to live his existence out there. He was a man who did not want to go to Egypt. In Exodus 4:10, he tells God that he was “not very good with words” but yet here in the book of Deuteronomy, he delivered three very lengthy addresses to the entire nation of Israel. These three (3) speeches make up the book of Deuteronomy. What a change God had wrought in this man, Moses.

 

It reminds of what God can do in you and me. It reminds me of what He has done in me. He brings intersections and people into our lives that are instrumental in making us who we are in service to Him. My story is no different. When I reflect back on the years since I accepted Christ as my Savior and Lord in December 2001, he has brought me so far and has matured me in ways that I could have never done on my own.

 

It all started when I was in my second marriage. It was a marriage in which I had made my second wife my god. She was my idol that I worshipped, not too unlike my first marriage. It was the Holy Spirit that prompted me to begin going to church again. In my first marriage, church was a small community/family farm community church that I attended from 1976 when my dad became pastor there until 1993 when my first wife and I broke up for good. It was more a weekly three extended families social gathering than it was a church. So, when my first wife and I broke up, it was not hard for me to leave the church totally. From the summer of 1993 to the fall of 2001, my second wife and I hardly ever darkened the doors of a church. She was my idol that had saved me from the insanity and violence that was the final 5 years of my first marriage. She was everything to me. I had to completely break off all that I had known for 17 years that was my life with my first wife (through dating and marriage). It was a complete break. All new friends and new family. Because of that my second wife was my lifeline. She was the source of everything. She was my god and she knew it. And anything to do with my past was taboo. Anything to do with my past was a burden she did not want to bear, including my children. Ultimately, it was the care of my children beyond the child support order that made our marriage come undone. But it was during this marriage that I found Jesus Christ as my Savior. It was Jesus that gave me the courage to stand up for my kids and do what was right by them and let the chips fall where they may. I know that God detests divorce and I am not claiming that my newfound relationship with Christ ended that marriage. But since God was never at the core of either of the first two marriages, neither marriage was founded on God. Both marriages were idol worship for me. Both marriages were about what we could get out of the relationship. God was nowhere to be found.

 

At the end of the second marriage, I went through a really rough period of life at first where I was going through withdrawal from idol worship. In those days, I was at my lowest. I could barely get out of bed each day. And, weekends, when I did not have my job to occupy my days, were excruciating and lonely. God wanted me to put Him at the center of my life instead of women and that was a long hard road to learn. It started there at the break up of my second marriage in the summer of 2004. This was the one thing that God had to work long and hard to rid me of and it was until some three years later that he changed all that. So, if you think accepted Christ as your Savior is like the skies part and everything changes suddenly for the better, you are wrong. Often, our lives get worse, before they get better. When I look back at the man I was before Christ, the man I was immediately after Christ and all the work that Christ had to do in me, I am ashamed of who I was. I also amazed at how He uses time and people to grow us into maturing Christ followers. Moses had his intersections with places and people. He had Midian and Jethro. He had Aaron. He had Joshua. He had the past life in Egypt. He had his intersections in life that made him into the man God wanted him to be – the leader of the baby nation Israel. He was the right man for the right job that God had for Him. If it weren’t for these people and events that happened in his life, Moses would not have been ready for his moment as leader of the people Israel and would not have been ready for the intimacy that He had with God.

 

There are intersections for me that changed my life. There are people that changed the course of my life once the Holy Spirit led me to the cross. There was Virgil & Debbie Whitted who were so instrumental in demonstrating the life of a couple passionately in love with the Lord. They were real people who showed me that being a Christ follower was not the end of who I was but the beginning. There was the woman who became my third and final wife, Elena. She taught me that love is about being friends first and foremost. She taught me about unconditional love. She is Monica to my Chandler. Once when Monica and Chandler got in a fight right after they had started going together, Chandler thought they were going to break up because of it. Monica told him, “People don’t break up just because they have one fight. You figure it out and you move on.” And then she said the classic line, “Welcome to a grown-up relationship!” Elena was my first grown-up relationship. She showed me that love was unconditional and was more than just about loving sex and then putting up with everything else just to get back to the sex. She never demanded that I act a certain way to gain her approval. She just loved me.

 

The other people of impact since I became a Christ follower have been preachers. The first was Luke Brower. Luke Brower taught me to be more than an armchair Christian. He challenged my faith. He taught me that being a Christ follower was more than Sunday morning. It was an everyday thing. He challenged me to grow up as a Christian. He challenged me to live out the life of a Christian and he pointed out the contradictions in my life compared to Scripture. He taught me that you can’t pick and choose what you want to believe. Man, Elena and I were both challenged by this pastoral couple of Luke and Felisha. It was an intense year that they were in our lives every day. They taught us so much about being Christ followers. When I look back at the Christ follower I was before I met Luke and the year later, the difference was amazing to see. Without the intersection of Livermore, CA and Luke and Felisha and all the people that were at Livermore Alive Community Church that year, wow, where would I be? Where would Elena and I be?

 

Next up came my current senior pastor, Jeff Hickman. What an impact he has had on my life! When it was time, God moved us from the nurturing, babe in arms relationship we had with Luke and Felisha to the time to grow up and serve relationship we have with Jeff. Prior to coming to LifeSong, when we moved back to South Carolina in 2010, I measured the depth of my spirituality by how close I was with the pastor. In Livermore, CA, the pastor and his wife, Luke and Felisha, were our best friends. We did so much together and we ate right out of their hands as they began the baby to toddler Christ follower process with us. They were exactly what we needed at the time. We found traction to our faith there. But we were young in our faith and felt like that the preacher had to shoulder tap you to do things for it to be real Christian stuff. Along comes Jeff Hickman. He teaches us that being a Christ follower is about being led by Christ not being led by a preacher. A preacher is there to point things out to you but He is not the reason for your faith. He challenged us to be Christ each and every day and that we are responsible for deepening our relationship with Christ. He also taught us that if God calls you to do something, do it. It should not matter whether the pastor pats you on the back for it. You are not here to win favor with Jeff but rather to please God by following His call on our lives. Without Jeff’s pushing us to grow up and be Christ followers in our own right and not be dependent on him for the validity of our faith, we would never have become leaders in the church and I would never have gone to seminary and would have never considered pursuing my doctorate. I have done these things in faith in Christ not knowing what God will do with it. I have done these things not because I expect Jeff to pat me on the back for it. I do these things because I am seeking after the Lord. Without Jeff’s pushing us to take responsibility for our own faith, where would I be, where would Elena and I be?

 

I stand amazed where Elena and I are today compared to where we were a decade ago. It is amazing the difference. We are light years deeper in love with Christ than we were years ago. God orchestrated it. He did it all. We were just along for the ride. We are by no means fully grown. We are and will always be in a process of maturation with the Lord. We will look back a decade from now and go wow, we were such babies back in 2017. But wow how far he has delivered us from where we were. Amazing. Amazing love. Amazing grace. Chiseling and channeling. Growing us. It has been painful at times. Growing. Learning things that needed to be learned at the hands of people that intersected our lives that were necessary intersections to make us into who we are today. There will be more intersections to come to take us to the next phase of our deepening relationship with Christ.

 

That was the thing that I see in Moses here at the end. What a life. What God did through him! What important intersections Moses had to make him in the amazing man of God that He was. Normally, I will close out with some final thoughts after each passage in each blog, but today, since it is the end of Moses and the end of Deuteronomy, I have said all I need to say before I present the passage. Let’s end today simply with the Word of God:

 

34 Then Moses climbed Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah, across from Jericho. There the Lord showed him the whole land—from Gilead to Dan, 2 all of Naphtali, the territory of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Mediterranean Sea, 3 the Negev and the whole region from the Valley of Jericho, the City of Palms, as far as Zoar. 4 Then the Lord said to him, “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it.”

 

5 And Moses the servant of the Lord died there in Moab, as the Lord had said. 6 He buried him[a] in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, but to this day no one knows where his grave is. 7 Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone. 8 The Israelites grieved for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days, until the time of weeping and mourning was over.

 

9 Now Joshua son of Nun was filled with the spirit[b] of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands on him. So the Israelites listened to him and did what the Lord had commanded Moses.

 

10 Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, 11 who did all those signs and wonders the Lord sent him to do in Egypt—to Pharaoh and to all his officials and to his whole land. 12 For no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.

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Numbers 22:21-41 (Part 1 of 3)

Balaam and His Donkey

Have you ever had one of those days where everything seems frustrating? Everything, even the simplest thing, seems to be struggle. It starts with a button popping off your shirt after you get fully dressed or you find a stain on a shirt that didn’t fully come out in the wash and you don’t recognize it until you are fully dressed and look in the mirror. Next, you can’t find your keys. You left the interior light on in your car all night and didn’t realize it until you go start your car the next morning…and it doesn’t. At work, your computer starts acting up first thing. All the simple tasks of the day seem to take longer than they should. Your frustration builds. I hate that when it happens to me. Everybody has one of those days, right?

 

There are also stories that you hear of people that missed a car ride or missed their airplane flight who were frustrated or mad at themselves for the delays that happened to cause them to miss the opportunity only to find out later that the plane that they were supposed to be on or the car they supposed to be in was involved in a crash. Sometimes, too, we are not involved in such dire life and death situations but rather it is about moral choices. What if you were supposed to do something that Satan had convinced you was OK to do but that you knew was morally wrong but there were things that happened to prevent you from acting on those impulses. There were roadblocks put in your way that prevented it. Maybe, you were planning an afternoon where you were going to cheat on your spouse and suddenly there was an urgent meeting at work that required your attendance. Maybe, you are a teenager and were supposed to go to this party that ended up being out of control where someone got hurt, raped or killed but your parents unknowing that this would happen but, because you had not done your chores forced you to miss the party. You hear about such things all the time where people are prevented from doing things by circumstances in their lives that later prove to have saved them from being involved in poor moral choices of their own or by others.

 

Sometimes, though, it is that voice in our head rather than circumstances that tell us not to do something. We call it conscience, the voice of reason, or better judgment. You think about doing something immoral, irrational, or illegal and that voice in your head tells you not to do it so you think better of it and pass on it. Sometimes, we ignore the voice and push headlong into doing what we want to do and the thing we feared to happen actually does happen and we pay dearly for it in shame, embarrassment, loss of job, loss of marriage, or even with our very lives or the lives of others.

 

It was this idea of God’s providential involvement in our lives that sometimes we refuse to see that I thought of when I read through this passage on Sunday morning. I struggle with this thought so much Sunday morning that I did not write and publish my daily blog yesterday. Some might call it writer’s block but I just wasn’t sure what to do with this idea of God placing roadblocks in our lives that came to mind. It required more thought that I had time for between getting up and going out the door on a Sunday morning. Is God that involved in our lives that He might put roadblocks in our lives to prevent some choice that we have in mind that would derail our witness, or even prevent us from accessing the life that He has intended for us, or even kill us. That is a pretty involved God if that is true. So, I wrestle with that thought in the back of my mind all day yesterday as I went through a whole day of activities at church and in my personal life that had us gone from home from 8:00am yesterday all the way until 5:30pm.

 

So, let’s tackle the issue this morning as we read through Numbers 22:21-40 this morning for the first of three times that we will visit this passage:

 

21 Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his donkey and went with the Moabite officials. 22 But God was very angry when he went, and the angel of the Lord stood in the road to oppose him. Balaam was riding on his donkey, and his two servants were with him. 23 When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road with a drawn sword in his hand, it turned off the road into a field. Balaam beat it to get it back on the road.

 

24 Then the angel of the Lord stood in a narrow path through the vineyards, with walls on both sides. 25 When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, it pressed close to the wall, crushing Balaam’s foot against it. So he beat the donkey again.

 

26 Then the angel of the Lord moved on ahead and stood in a narrow place where there was no room to turn, either to the right or to the left. 27 When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, it lay down under Balaam, and he was angry and beat it with his staff. 28 Then the Lord opened the donkey’s mouth, and it said to Balaam, “What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?”

 

29 Balaam answered the donkey, “You have made a fool of me! If only I had a sword in my hand, I would kill you right now.”

 

30 The donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your own donkey, which you have always ridden, to this day? Have I been in the habit of doing this to you?”

 

“No,” he said.

 

31 Then the Lord opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road with his sword drawn. So he bowed low and fell facedown.

 

32 The angel of the Lord asked him, “Why have you beaten your donkey these three times? I have come here to oppose you because your path is a reckless one before me.[a] 33 The donkey saw me and turned away from me these three times. If it had not turned away, I would certainly have killed you by now, but I would have spared it.”

 

34 Balaam said to the angel of the Lord, “I have sinned. I did not realize you were standing in the road to oppose me. Now if you are displeased, I will go back.”

 

35 The angel of the Lord said to Balaam, “Go with the men, but speak only what I tell you.” So Balaam went with Balak’s officials.

 

36 When Balak heard that Balaam was coming, he went out to meet him at the Moabite town on the Arnon border, at the edge of his territory. 37 Balak said to Balaam, “Did I not send you an urgent summons? Why didn’t you come to me? Am I really not able to reward you?”

 

38 “Well, I have come to you now,” Balaam replied. “But I can’t say whatever I please. I must speak only what God puts in my mouth.”

 

39 Then Balaam went with Balak to Kiriath Huzoth. 40 Balak sacrificed cattle and sheep, and gave some to Balaam and the officials who were with him. 41 The next morning Balak took Balaam up to Bamoth Baal, and from there he could see the outskirts of the Israelite camp.

 

God let Balaam go with Balak’s messengers, but God was angry about Balaam’s greedy attitude. Balaam claimed he would not go against God just for money, but his resolve was beginning to slip. His greed for wealth offered by the king blinded him to the fact that God was trying to see how God was trying to stop him. Though we may know what God wants us to do, we can become blinded by the desires our sin stained hearts that we cannot see God trying to stop us.

 

That idea of God trying to prevent us from doing stupid things, illegal things, immoral things, and things that are against His will was juxtaposed in my mind against how sometimes bad things happen to good people. That is a struggle to understand. There is the concept of living in a fallen world where we sometimes pay for the mistakes of others in the ever-expanding ripple effects of sin in our world. There is the concept of God taking us out of this world when it is our appointed time in His providence over our lives. That is the point I think is that God has providence and that He is personal – even when we do not recognize it or even acknowledge it. That is a topic for another blog for another day.

 

However, I think that the point that is bottom line for me today in this blog is that God is deeply involved in our daily lives. He is the voice of reason in our heads. He is the voice of morality in our heads. He is the designer of the plan for our lives. Sometimes, he will put roadblocks in our lives to prevent us from making poor choices that will delay or derail our witness as Christians. He will even shut doors to us to prevent us from pursuing something that is not at the right time in our walk with Him. And, it does not have to be a choice between what is moral and what is immoral. It can be a choice between our timing and God’s timing. We may think we are ready for this job in that town at this time in our lives when God knows that we are not ready for it. We may short-circuit his developmental plan for our lives by jumping into something we are not ready for too quickly and it derails us and delays us from what God had intended for us all along. We may get frustrated with God’s timing and jump headlong into something that we think is His will but is really our own ego-soothing desire. We get frustrated at the closed doors not opening but maybe it is actually God looking out for us and keeping us where we are at because He has some thing that we need to learn before we take our next step in our walk with Him. Maybe there is some weakness that Satan will exploit at the next level if we short circuit God’s plan for us at this level where He is maturing us and steeling us against that weakness in our walk.

 

So, next time, you can’t find your keys and get angry and all out of sorts. Next time, you get angry at your parents for not letting you go to a party. Next time, you are late and miss your plane or miss a ride. Next time, you think about doing something immoral and something happens that prevents you from executing it. Next time, you get frustrated with God because He is not allowing something that you have desired to happen. Let us take stock and open our eyes and see God. Help us to see that He is intimately involved in the details of our lives. Help us to wake up and see that God does care deeply for each and every one us (even when we are not believers) and takes providential care over our lives. Let us remember that there is nothing random in God’s plan for our lives. He is God. He is Almighty. When we clear the fog of ego and desire from our eyes, we can see God’s hand in our lives. When we think of God having that much care for our lives, it makes Him less remote and more a part of our daily lives. That’s what He wants is for us to recognize that He is God and He is there all the time, not just when we decide to talk to Him. He is there all the time. Let us be a people that recognizes that though God is mighty and in control of the entire universe, He knows me and you personally. He knows you. He knows me. Personally.

 

Amen and Amen.

Numbers 11:16-30 (Part 1 of 3)

Moses Choses Seventy Leaders

“They say it’s your birthday! It’s my birthday, too! We’re gonna have a good time!” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MYCPB7a8ks). It’s classic song by the Beatles from back in the day! And then there’s always, “Happy birthday, Mr. President”, a classic impromptu birthday wish from Marilyn Monroe to John F. Kennedy at his birthday celebration (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqolSvoWNck). I guess by this point you can deduce that today is my birthday. Thank you. Thank you. To all the little people that made this all happen. Thank you! Thank you! Yes, today, as of 7:10am EDT, it will be the 54th anniversary of my birth. These fifty-four years have flown by in a flash particularly that last 31 and 4 months since the birth of my first child. I just thought life was fast before that, but since that time, I just don’t know what happened to all those years. The speed of the last 31 years is the speed of the first 23 years on mega-steroids. It’s like the difference between the speed of the Shuttle Enterprise vs. the speed of Starship Enterprise at Warp 9. I was telling someone this past weekend that some want to grow old gracefully but I am not going down without a fight. I am going down kicking and screaming. I will not go quietly into the night. I am still such a kid inside and I am screaming on the inside that I am not this 54 year old exterior that you see. I feel like I still belong in the youth ministry and not in the over-50 ministry. I don’t want to take bus rides to quilting conventions. I don’t want to play bingo on Friday nights. I don’t want to ever think, “I can’t do that because I getting too old” (well, only if it’s convenient). Going down scratching, clawing, and screaming!

 

But it is on our birthdays that I think that we can have an opportunity to sit down and reflect on our lives. In my 54 years, I have seen much. I have been through much. I have survived being a Methodist preacher’s kid and the insecurities that it brought into my life, moving every couple of years and starting over. I have survived two failed marriages. I have survived losing a job twice during recessions. I have survived moving to Charlotte after 20 plus years living in Greenville. I have survived living in California by myself for a time, across the country from my girlfriend (who is now my wife). I have survived creating order out of chaos at my current job on two different occasions (when I first took the job it was a mess there, and then when we went through the Oracle conversion) and I have survived the intercompany politics of Corporate vs. Subsidiary that could of cost me my job a couple of years ago. All of that bad stuff over the years includes times of great joy as well. The births of my two daughters, Meghan and Taylor, and watching them grow into young women. The mighty struggles and the too infrequent joys of parenting stepsons (Trey, Josh, and Dillon) during my second marriage. And to now for the last six years being a stepdad to an adult child who is just as goofy as I am, Michelle. I have seen much heartache in my life, more than I ever want to revisit. However, at the same time, when I look back on my life, I can reflect that it has been equally blessed and even the hard times were preludes to good ones. Even the hard times were used by God to mold me and move me into the place that I am now. God has performed miracles in many instances in my life to keep me from destroying myself so that I can be in this place that I am right now.

 

He is not finished with me yet. I just feel that. I am not done. He has much more in store for me and I think that I will ultimately die doing what I love – serving the Lord through the talents that He gave me. He has blessed me indeed. I have sailed through the troubled waters of my earlier life and am now in a season of blessing and a season of effectiveness. I have a wonderful wife who would follow me anywhere to serve the Lord. I have three wonderful daughters, Meghan, Michelle, and Taylor, who make my life complete. I have a great job at Fujikura America, Inc. that has enabled Elena and me to pay off all the debts of my past and allowed us to begin to be more generous than we ever have been. I have been lucky enough to start following my true calling of going into ministry through my part-time work at my church. Hopefully, one day soon, the Lord will take all this life of heartaches, joys, triumphs, sorrows, mistakes, getting-it-right, wrong turns, correct turns, ups, downs, failed marriages, successful final marriages, good jobs, bad jobs, all of it to serve Him in a full-time way that uses it all. He will have prepared me for it through the roads that he has led me down and through roads that He has saved me from. When I look back, it has been amazing ride so far. When you look back, you can really see the hand of God in your life. When you look back, you can see what he has saved you from. You can see the handiwork of God in not only what He saved you from but what He steered you toward. These are miracles. When I look back at my life, I could whine and complain for what I have been through (about half of which was self-imposed and the other half imposed on me by others), or I can focus on the miraculous way that God has provided for me and guided me to the point where I am today – where I actually see God’s hand daily in my life and live a life of eternal thanksgiving for it when I have time to reflect upon it.

 

In the mundane, routine of living life as it appears in front of you, it is sometimes difficult to see the miracles of God in our lives. We get so tied up in the routine and the mundane that we do not see the hand of God in anything in our lives. It is that need to step back and see what God has done that came to mind when I read through today’s passage, Numbers 11:16-30, today for the first time of the three times we will visit this passage over the next few days:

 

16 The Lord said to Moses: “Bring me seventy of Israel’s elders who are known to you as leaders and officials among the people. Have them come to the tent of meeting, that they may stand there with you. 17 I will come down and speak with you there, and I will take some of the power of the Spirit that is on you and put it on them. They will share the burden of the people with you so that you will not have to carry it alone.

 

18 “Tell the people: ‘Consecrate yourselves in preparation for tomorrow, when you will eat meat. The Lord heard you when you wailed, “If only we had meat to eat! We were better off in Egypt!” Now the Lord will give you meat, and you will eat it. 19 You will not eat it for just one day, or two days, or five, ten or twenty days, 20 but for a whole month—until it comes out of your nostrils and you loathe it—because you have rejected the Lord, who is among you, and have wailed before him, saying, “Why did we ever leave Egypt?”’”

 

21 But Moses said, “Here I am among six hundred thousand men on foot, and you say, ‘I will give them meat to eat for a whole month!’ 22 Would they have enough if flocks and herds were slaughtered for them? Would they have enough if all the fish in the sea were caught for them?”

 

23 The Lord answered Moses, “Is the Lord’s arm too short? Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you.”

 

24 So Moses went out and told the people what the Lord had said. He brought together seventy of their elders and had them stand around the tent. 25 Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke with him, and he took some of the power of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders. When the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied—but did not do so again.

 

26 However, two men, whose names were Eldad and Medad, had remained in the camp. They were listed among the elders, but did not go out to the tent. Yet the Spirit also rested on them, and they prophesied in the camp. 27 A young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.”

 

28 Joshua son of Nun, who had been Moses’ aide since youth, spoke up and said, “Moses, my lord, stop them!”

 

29 But Moses replied, “Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!” 30 Then Moses and the elders of Israel returned to the camp.

 

Moses had witnessed God’s power in spectacular miracles, yet, at this time, he questioned God’s ability to feed these people meat every day for a month. After all he had seen God do? Wow! If even Moses could doubt the power of God, how much easier is it for us to do so. When we begin to rely on our own understanding, we are in danger of ignoring the power of God in our lives. By remember how He has delivered us from many dangers, toils and snares, we can be sure that we are not short changing the power of God. How strong is God? It is easy to trust God when his miracles are right before us, but after a while, in the mundaneness of life, His strength may appear to diminish in our lives. God doesn’t change but our view of Him often does. The monotony of day to day life lulls us into forgetting how powerful God can be. As Moses would come to learn, God’s strength is always there and always available to us.

 

Let us take time to reflect on what God has done in our lives. Look back and see what He has delivered you from and delivered you too. Think about how He has saved you from so many things and how He has guided you into the life you lead now. Thanksgiving should pour out of us daily for what He has done in our lives and how He should have written us off a long time ago. Yet, He loved each one of us, individually, so much that He provided each one of us, individually, a way to be brought back home to Him through Jesus Christ. Look back at your life. God was there even when you did not see Him. That He cares so much for us even when we do not recognize that He is there. That is the greatest miracle, the greatest love, of all. Take time today to see what miracles God has done in your life. Sing praises of thanksgiving. Love God for what He has done. Act like it’s your birthday! Reflect!

 

Duh dun na duh dun na uh uh….it’s my birthday too!

 

 

Amen and Amen.