I don’t know about you, but I reach moments in my life where I need guidance.
Moses reached a point in the wilderness when he became frightened of the unknown terrain ahead and listen to what happened,
One day Moses said to his brother-in-law, Hobab son of Reuel the Midianite,
“We are on our way to the place the LORD promised us, for he said, ‘I will give it to you.’
Come with us and we will treat you well, for the LORD has promised wonderful blessings for Israel!”
But Hobab replied, “No, I will not go. I must return to my own land and family.”
“Please don’t leave us,” Moses pleaded. “You know the places in the wilderness where we should camp. Come, be our guide.
As I was reading this passage this morning, I thought, “How in the world did Moses become this unsure of where to camp next when he was following a pillar of clouds by day and a pillar of fire by night. If I had that kind-of guidance, I can’t imagine every worrying about where God wants me to go next.”
But then, I read on to Numbers 23 and realized that I am not that much different than Moses.
I often turn to people for advice and counsel.
I want someone to speak out loud the Words I really should be waiting to hear from God.
So as I read in Numbers 23 about Balaam being in enemy territory and needing to know what God’s desires were, and how he chose to do what I believe God longs for all of us to do,
I realized that even if I had a pillar of clouds and fire, I would probably still be just like Moses…
looking to “people” rather to God for my direction.
Listen to what Balaam did when he needed words from God,
So Balaam went alone to the top of a bare hill,
and God met him there.
Maybe you are finding yourself today at a crossroads, much like me, longing for a Post-it Note from Heaven,
wanting to make the choice God wants you to make.
Longing to please Him and not man.
If so, do what Balaam did.
Find a place where you can be alone with God and listen.
That’s what I’m going to do.
No more turning to man for direction.
I need to hear God’s thoughts, not man’s.
And who knows His thoughts?
And where is His Spirit?
It’s living in me and in you if you have accepted His Son as your Savior.
So, today, I’m turning in and listening.
Trusting that He will lead me in the path that He desires.
For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him?
In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
I Cor. 2:11
Praying today for all who are dealing with the devastation of the weekend.
Praying for Martha as she recovers from her last chemo and prepares to head back to Houston for surgery in about a week and a half.
Praying for Amber who is recovering in Columbus Children’s Hospital from a very long and serious illness.
Praying for Charlotte who continues her fight with leukemia and is doing very well considering all she has been through!
Have a wonderful Tuesday!
Isn’t it amazing how we tend to forget to listen and take everything on. It’s very difficult to be quiet. God knows what we are like, and thankfully he is there even when we forget to stop and be still. Happy to hear your friend Martha is doing well. Charlotte is home for a couple of weeks before her last round of chemo. She is walking and mom and dad are so thrilled to normal again. Right now doctors are saying she is in remission, but will still have the final round. Our Lord is good and stays right beside us through it all. continue to pray as my brother told me, and I will, but I know through all this prayer our charlotte is healed from the great healer. Hugs to you Tammy and don’t be so hard on yourself. No matter what you do or happens, god is with you. Sometimes you have to just let god do and lose control for a while. Sandy
Thanks for sharing your heart Tammy. This blog is very timely for me.