October 10, 2018
Read Deuteronomy 1
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Scripture- Deuteronomy 1:26-27- “But you rebelled against the command of the Lord
your God and refused to go in. You complained in your tents and said, ‘The Lord must hate us. That’s why he has brought us here from Egypt- to hand us over to the Amorites to be slaughtered.'"
Observations- Before heading into the Promised Land, Moses reviewed the story of the Israelite’s history with God. He pointed their numerous occasions of rebellion against God and his own leadership. He pointed out the consequences of their disobedience. He detailed all of the ways God had been with them on their prolonged 40 year journey through the wilderness that should have taken only 11 days. While there were many obstacles for them to overcome, the fact is most of the obstacles existed because of the extensive whining and complaining of the Israelites.
Application- I have been in the ministry for over 32 years. Every church I've ever had the privilege of serving has also had an informal "Let's go back to Egypt Committee," which existed to not merely look back at the past of the church with fondness, but to prevent God's church from faithfully moving forward with new mission and ministry initiatives and opportunities that would help give birth to more and better followers of Jesus. When we are tempted to complain about things in Jesus' church, how can we instead do all we can to seek a God honoring, Holy Spirit led revival that takes more territory for the glory of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ?
Prayer- Dear God, I want more of You in my life today! Take away my temptation to whine and complain. Help us- as Jesus' church- focus on what is positive and can help more people be in relationship to the One who lived, died, and was resurrected to save not only us, but so many other people who don't yet know how much You love them. When we feel like I’m wandering around in the wilderness, remind us that ultimate home is in You. Amen.
"For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people." (Philippians 2:13-15),
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