So Moses told the people of Israel that they should keep the Passover. And they kept the Passover in the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, at twilight, in the wilderness of Sinai; according to all that the Lord commanded Moses, so the people of Israel did. And there were certain men who were unclean through touching a dead body, so that they could not keep the Passover on that day, and they came before Moses and Aaron on that day. And those men said to him, “We are unclean through touching a dead body. Why are we kept from bringing the Lord’s offering at its appointed time among the people of Israel?” And Moses said to them, “Wait, that I may hear what the Lord will command concerning you.”
Numbers 9:4-8 ESV
This passage is a good reminder how to react when we face situations where we are not certain on what to do. Here, Moses did not just come up with answer right away, he waited on the Lord for answer.
I admit I have a tendency on making decisions without first consulting God. As a young follower of Christ, I really want to develop the attitude of deferring to God for all decision-making. At times, I find myself so focused on thinking what to do forgetting that I’m just a prayer away to the One who fully knows what was, is and is to come. There are even times that I let my feelings and emotion lead my choices. This I believe are not reliable indicators and may be sometimes problematic. Often, I make actions in anger which I later regret and does not glorify God.
Nevertheless, this passage is on point speaking to me that no too small or big decisions for the Lord not to be concerned about. Afterall, He saved me from the punishment of my sins and died on the cross for me, that’s how concerned Jesus is with me. I just need to be always reminded that every time I face decision whether difficult or easy, I need to pause for a while, with humility ask the Lord and wait for what He has to say. That in all things I do, He must be the Lord and be glorified.
Soli Deo Gloria!
”You shall not delay to offer from the fullness of your harvest and from the outflow of your presses. The firstborn of your sons you shall give to me. You shall do the same with your oxen and with your sheep: seven days it shall be with its mother; on the eighth day you shall give it to me.
Exodus 22:29-30 ESV
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the way I give my tithes. From middle to late last year, I seemed to struggle with tithing because I feel that I prioritized other spendings over giving what was rightful to God. Every time I had to buy costly meal the money never ran out but when I was about to be in front of the tithe box I was pleading that I did not have not enough to give. There were some instances that I reasoned to God that I cannot give what I normally give because of too many expenses I incurred. What used to be a happy one full tithing every month became a tithing of whatever was left in my wallet. The real problem was, I was not really struggling financially or anything near that I had to borrow money, I was just plainly being selfish withholding what was God’s and scared not making any savings. Selfishness ruled over me.
I think this is God’s answer to my prayer for Him to direct me to His path, that I should get into my old way of tithing in full without delay, giving the firstfruit of my labor. Let my happiness of offering Him my tithes be greater than my worries of my savings. Afterall, God is faithful and He never fails to provide.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Please accept my blessing that is brought to you, because God has dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough.” Thus he urged him, and he took it.
Genesis 33:11 ESV
The first time I read this passage when I was still new in faith, I thought to myself someday I want to say the same thing to people whom I will share my blessings with. There is nothing more joyful than ackowledging the goodness of the Lord in our lives. Instead of pride because you are able to give and people will owe you, you are humbled because you know that there is nothing that you have that does not come from the Lord. There’s this newfound confidence of living in abundance not because of worldly possessions but because of the grace we experience from God that we overflow to share what we have received. Truly, the statement “… I have enough” is very profound, it does not simply mean that we give when we have excess but in its deepest sense it means that we now have all that we need because we have God, Him alone is enough so when we give, we give like Him. What a change in perspective!
Context: This verse was when Esau met Jacob for the first time since Jacob fled to avoid Esau’s wrath for stealing his blessing from Isaac. After 20 years of working for Laban and building his own household in Paddan-aram, God asked Jacob to go back to his father’s land. Full of fear returning home, Jacob obeyed and the Lord’s presence stayed with him as he came face-to-face with his brother whom he hadn’t seen in a long time and who had forgiven him.