Read Numbers 27
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Scripture- Numbers 27:15-17- Then Moses said to the Lord, “O Lord, you are the God who gives breath to all creatures. Please appoint a new man as leader for the community. Give them someone who will guide them wherever they go and will lead them into battle, so the community of the Lord will not be like sheep without a shepherd.”
Observations- God tells Moses to walk up a mountain and get a view of the Promised Land. He can see it, but he can't go into it as a result of his previous disobedience to God when he hit the rock for water instead of speaking to it. Moses isn't bitter. In fact, he doesn't cry out about how unfair this is or ask God to change His mind; rather he asks God to bless the community of faith with a new leader for the benefit of the people going forward without him.
Application- Moses knew how important it would be to not only have solid leadership, but to have a new leader with the anointing and blessing of God. Jesus' church 3400 years later needs leaders who spend time with God in His Word and in prayer to wisely discern the best ways to move forward in faith for God's people and the people God has on the way as we make more and better followers of Jesus Christ- both together, not one without the other.
Prayer- Lord, thank You for godly leaders who long to be in Your presence and to lead others into Your presence. Pour our Your wisdom and discernment in the power of Your Holy Spirit to achieve the goals You set before us. We want to honor the truth in love. We want to be willing to make bold decisions and take risks that honor You and point people to Jesus. Help us remember that New is not "our church;" rather it's Jesus' church. We want to be open to where He will lead us today and well into the future. Amen.
"Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything." (Colossians 1:18),
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