Leviticus 23:42-43 Living In A Temporary Shelter

Live in temporary shelters for seven days: All native-born Israelites are to live in such shelters so your descendants will know that I had the Israelites live in temporary shelters when I brought them out of Egypt. I am the Lord your God. Leviticus 23:42-43

People who move across country will often stay in temporary housing until they can find a permanent home. Others live in temporary housing when they lose their jobs or homes due to difficult circumstances.

Very few will choose to live in a temporary housing outside of a dire need for it. In the eyes of many it is a sign that one is destitute.

God told the Israelites that once a year the people were to live in temporary houses for a time as a remembrance that is where they lived when they were brought out of Egypt.

It is very common for most people to believe that where they are living is a permanent home for them. Most people do not desire to move anytime soon, unless they are planning to purchase a larger home or change jobs soon.

Temporary housing has challenges, new address, new location, unknown changes and more.

Outside of physical housing, the majority of people believe that this earth is all there is, it is their permanent home and that there is nothing more. Believers are to have a different perspective on their home on this planet.

Earth is just a temporary home for the believer until he can step into eternity with God. The believer’s permanent home will be in heaven.

Knowing this, the believer can hold onto things loosely, knowing that something better is coming some day. Everything on this earth, including the home, will pass away, but the home in heaven will never go away.

No matter where you live or what your future plans are on this earth, it is a temporary living space. Do not allow yourself to get wrapped up in the physical things of this earth that will pass away.

Focus your life on the eternal things of God. Your permanent home will be far greater than anything this world can offer.

You cannot bring the things of this world to heaven with you, but you can bring people with you. Point people to Jesus so that they can also have a permanent home in heaven some day with you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will hold loosely the temporary things of this world; that you will live with eternity with God in mind; and that the return of Jesus to bring you home will be a source of strength and encouragement to live for God.

John 6:27 What Are You Working For?

Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father as placed his seal of approval. John 6:27

Every day millions of people go to work around the world. Their goal in working is to provide the need or desired money. This money is desired to have in order to get the food they eat, clothes they wear and toys they want.

Some have very simple tastes in what they want, so don’t work that much. Others are willing to put in extreme hours to get high-dollar items.

Shortly after feeding about 5,000 people, the people found Jesus again. He tells them not to work for food that spoils, but for food that will last for eternity.

While every person needs food, clothing and shelter, these things are not the most important things in life. All of these things are very temporary. Shortly after eating food, a person needs more. Clothes wear out after a short time. Housing will eventually fall apart. None of them last for eternity.

The only thing that lasts for eternity is the souls of men. Although Jesus fed and healed thousands of people, when He walked on the earth, that was not His primary focus. His focus of work was to do God’s will to save the souls of people.

Over the centuries God has not changed that focus of work. Every believer has a commission to preach the gospel message and make disciples. They are to be working for God at reaching the lost, focusing on what is eternal.

God gave His seal of approval upon Jesus because He was doing His will. God will also put His seal of approval on every believer who is doing His will.

As you go through your days, ask yourself what is your focus or goal. It is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day living for temporary things.

Ask God what work you can do that will have an eternal impact. Then be willing to do what God places before you. Don’t allow yourself to be focused on the temporal dead things of this earth.

Aim for the things that will last for eternity–the souls of men and women. Put all your efforts in being His witness and making disciples as you work for the needed food, clothing and shelter.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the work God has for you to do; that you will be His witness; that you will make disciples for Jesus; and that your work will see eternal results for God.

Zephaniah 2:3 What To Search For

Looking on a beach

Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, you who do what he commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the Lord’s anger. Zephaniah 2:3 

As a person is growing up he begins to search for what he wants to do with his life. The challenge of trying to decide what type of career the person would like to do for income looms great in one’s mind.

Throughout life many people will continue to search for meaning and purpose in life. They will seek these things in many different places and things. This will become even more of a concern, when one begins to go through tough times and everything is falling apart.

Zephaniah tells the people to seek God, His righteousness and humility. This is to be done as one sees the day of God’s judgement coming.

God’s patience does not last forever with people or nations. For each person or nation there comes a day of judgement. God will not put up with sin forever. Before the final judgement at the end of time, God has days where He will strike nations or individuals to get their attention back on Him.

Those who are humble and realize that God is in control will seek God. They will seek God to find out what He desires for them. They will turn from sin, repenting in humility as they seek His righteousness and holiness.

Only when a person turns to God and seeks His way of living, will God begin to protect them from the judgement coming. God can work in a way to spare them as others are judged and struck to get their attention. Miracles can occur during times of famine, drought, disaster, disease, sickness, pandemics, or any other event that hits nations or people to get their attention, to shelter those who trust in Him.

You may see disaster, sickness and death all around you, however, you do not need to fear any of those things. Do not seek the ways of this world to get through the troubles. Seek God, His kingdom, His righteousness and holiness and you will be doing what God desires for you to do.

As you are doing what God is wanting you to do, He will put His hand of favor upon you and protect you from judgement. He will give you strength to make it through troubling times.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will seek God in everything you do; that you will seek God’s righteousness in your life; that you will be humble before God; and that you will trust God with your life.