As we have just finished the Book of Numbers I wanted to quickly post and share some thoughts about what I got out of the book of Numbers. For some of us this book might have been a real struggle to get through. On the surface Numbers is not a flashy book or one some of us might automatically go to but none the less Numbers is a powerful book and is full of lessons that we can learn.
The biggest thing I got out of the book is that God is intentional.
Everything he does is for a purpose and oftentimes he wants it done his
way. Throughout the book we see God giving specific instructions in
relation to sacrifices and protocol but also about what he wants the
Israelites to do.
Secondly, God disciplines the ones he loves. We are given prime examples
of this in Numbers. God disciplined the entire Nation in chapter 13
& 14 when the scouts bring a negative report about the promised
land. He also disciplines Moses when he strikes the rock in chapter 20.
Moses loses his opportunity to enter the promised land.
Related to this point about discipline is the fact that God is always
preparing us. God uses discipline to prepare us for his plans and
purposes. The people of Israel weren't ready to enter the promised land
when the scouts returned with a negative report but after 40 years in
the desert the people were ready. Sometimes God brings us through
difficult times to refine and teach us. I want to be fully ready and
prepared when I'm doing what the Lord has called me to do
Finally what I learned is that God can use anything for his good. We see
an example of this in Chapter 22 with Balaam's donkey. Also if I'm
honest I wasn't excited about reading Numbers but the Lord spoke to me
through this book far more than I thought he would. The difference for
me was that I asked God to speak to me and allowed him the room to speak
to me. Although I didn't think I would get much out of reading Numbers
he Lord used the Book of Numbers to teach me new things and remind me of
things I've already learned.
As we continue through this journey on idiscipleship we are going to
come across books in the bible that are easy to read and also books that
are really challenging. I encourage each one of you to be intentional
about your reading and as we begin each book to ask the Lord to speak to
you through what is written. As always your leaders, Hannah & I,
Chad and Joey are all here to help you through that journey.
Written by: Philip Day