Numbers 9:23 Moving And Staying At God’s Command

At the Lord’s command they encamped, and at the Lord’s command they set out. They obeyed the Lord’s order, in accordance with his command through Moses. Numbers 9:23

Traveling across the country people must follow certain directions or it can cause major problems for themselves and others.

Coming up to an intersection with a stoplight, one must be willing to stop when the sign is red. Once it turns green, they are given the go ahead to continue moving forward. Failure to follow the rules will cause a major accident and possibly death. Following the rules allows one to safely move forward.

The Israelites would encamp or set out on their journey as the Lord commanded them. They would obey God’s command through Moses. Every person is on a journey in this life on earth.

While the majority of the world believes that their life only affects the here and now, it actually has an effect that goes into eternity. Just as there are rules on the roads as to when to move or stand still, there are rules in life as to when to move or stand still.

God, who is in control, knows when a person should move or stand still. He is sitting above all life watching how things are moving and is coordinating things to move in light of eternity.

Believers in Jesus will understand this and listen to God’s commands as to when to move or not move. It is easy for one to choose to move when things don’t look right or look right in their own eyes, ignoring God’s commands. However, it is when they move or stand still at God’s commands that everything works out for their good and God’s kingdom is built.

Obedience to God’s commands will keep one safe on the journey through this life.

Regardless of where you are in this life, God has a plan of travel for you. He knows exactly when to begin moving and when to stand still.

Do not allow yourself to rely upon your own wisdom or the wisdom of this world. Following the ways of this world will cause an accident and great harm. It will get you off the path of God.

Wait for and listen to the commands of God and obey them. He has you on a journey that will lead you and others into eternity with Him.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the commands of God in your life; that you will obey the commands of God; that you will trust God’s plan for your life; and that you will only move or stand still at God’s command.

Exodus 33:1 Leave This Place

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Leave this place, you and the people you brought up out of Egypt, and go up to the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, saying I will give it to your descendants.” Exodus 33:1

Moving to a new place is not always easy or looked forward to. People like to be where they know everyone and everything. It is often where they are most comfortable. Staying allows a person to maintain a routine that is familiar.

Change is often scary to most people and not desired. It comes with many uncertainties.

God told Moses to leave where he and the people were to go to a land God had promised his forefathers to give.

While staying in one place is very comfortable, it does not often allow for change or growth. It is easy to get stuck in a comfortable routine day in and day out. It feels safe because it is known.

If something does not grow or change, it is often dead and rotting. There is no longer any real life in it. That place becomes a place of captivity and death.

Once a person becomes a believer, he must be willing to pack up and move to a new place in life. God may have him physically move, but more often it is a move of the heart and actions.

It is moving away from sin and things that pressure one to sin. Believers are to step into a new life with God leading into a land that He has promised. The final destination is not a physical location on this earth, but eternity in heaven with God.

Just as Egypt was no longer the home or destination of the Israelites, so this earth is not the destination of believers. It is time to move out.

God has called you out of this world of sin and death into a new life He has for you. Be willing to step out in faith. You cannot see heaven or the complete path to it, but you can trust God to lead you on the way.

Step away from sin and death into a resurrected life in Jesus. This may or may not mean a physical move, but it does mean a move of your heart and actions into a new life that will last for eternity.

What place do you need to leave today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will hear God’s directions on where to go; that you will leave your life of sin to follow God; that you will follow God’s path towards holiness and heaven; and that you will see God’s provision on your path in life.

Genesis 28:15 God Will Be With You

I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you. Genesis 28:15

When a person starts a new journey, he will often have someone by his side at the beginning. The friend will often remain there until there is trouble in the journey or if the journey gets to be too long.

Very few people like to stay on a journey that is difficult and filled with challenges. They choose to go back to what is comfortable, breaking their promise to stay through to the end.

Jacob, while on a journey back to his homeland, had a vision from God. God told him that He would be with him and watch over him to bring him back, and that He would not leave until He fulfilled His promises.

Although most people who become believers do not have to go on the same type of journey as Jacob, all are on a journey through this life. This journey is one that ends in heaven in eternity.

At the moment one becomes a believer and begins his new journey, God promises to be with him, watch over him and bring him through to the end fulfilling all of His promises.

Having God at one’s side on this journey is very important because the world will be against this journey. There will be trouble and attacks of the enemy. Many will try to get the believer off the path. He will need to seek God’s strength, direction and provision for the journey in order to make it all the way.

Every believer will have the hope that God is with him until every promise is fulfilled at the end of the journey.

Going through this life, you are on a journey. You are either on a journey to hell or to heaven. Both journeys will be filled with trouble and enemies striving to destroy you. Some will try to stop you from following God to destroy your soul.

Choose to follow the journey God has for you. Keep your focus upon God and hold onto His promises that He has made. God will never leave you and will bring you through the worst that the world can throw at you. He will bring you into heaven for eternity some day as promised.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will walk the journey with God at your side; that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will see God’s provision and protection for your life; and that you will complete the journey with God.

Acts 27:25 Keep Up Your Courage

So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me. Acts 27:25

When on a path to accomplish something, there are often many different types of difficulties that one may face. Sometimes people are warned that these difficulties will occur, other times they are not warned.

If no warning is given, many people will end up quitting the journey and go another direction. They lose all hope that they can finish the task.

Some will keep going, despite the difficulties, if they had already been warned. They will trust others that they will be able to make it.

As Paul was on a boat headed to Rome, they ran into a bad storm. He had a vision that they would survive it, though everything looked bad. He encouraged the sailors to keep going because he had faith in what God had said.

Throughout the years there have been some people who have said that being a believer is easy. The reality is that as a human being there will be many difficulties in life. As a believer, there are even more difficulties added, because the world is against the true believer of God. Many like to look at the end of the bible and see the promise of heaven and perfect life, but forget that they are still in this world and get discouraged at the challenges bombarding them daily.

The journey through life is very difficult when one has hope in God and knows what the future can hold. It is even more difficult for those who do not have hope in God.

Every believer must keep his eyes upon God and the promises of God. He has promised that anyone who trusts in Him will make it through to the end. They can have courage to keep going through the tough times.

Just like Paul, you probably have some major problems in your life that appear to be setting you back or attempting to stop you. Do not live in fear, give up or get discouraged, God is still with you in the midst of those troubles.

Remember that Jesus saved you and will continue to save you, as long as you put your trust in Him. Have courage that God will bring you through to the end in heaven for eternity with Him.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you not be discouraged when you face troubles; that you will put all your hope in God and His promises; that you will stay on the path God has for you; that you will have courage to keep walking with God; and that God will give you the strength to keep moving forward with Him.

Matthew 2:10 Extreme Joy

When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. Matthew 2:10

Going on a long distance, cross-country trip can be slow and exhausting at times. It appears as if one will never make it to the desired destination. The road appears to just go on forever, with no end in sight.

As one gets closer to his destination, however, signs begin to appear for that destination. There is hope that the journey will be successful. Joy and excitement begins to arise in the heart that what is being sought out will be found. The pain of driving forever starts to pay off and is made worth the long journey.

Some wise men had been following a star for some time, knowing it had something of great value with where it would be. As they were traveling along, they saw the star stop over a certain place. These men were overfilled with joy and excitement to find what they were looking for.

Every person on the earth is searching for something. Often it is life or the meaning and purpose to life that is being sought out. This is often searched for in temporary things such as money, fame and position. The excitement of finding these things is only short-lived.

Believers are like the wise men who were searching for Jesus, only they did not know who they were searching for. When a person begins to see Jesus, there is an overwhelming joy that wells up within him. Seeing signs of Jesus or seeing Him brings extreme joy, because it is eternal joy that reveals life and release from the past and the dead.

This joy can be had when one is going to church to worship God with others. It can be had when one is witnessing and a life is saved. Joy is found when Jesus is discovered in any and every situation.

You can also have this joy and excitement. Seek God each and every day. Ask God to open your spiritual eyes to see where He is and what He is doing around you.

God is always at work, if you are willing to seek Him. It can be a long, tiring journey at times, but the overwhelming joy you will have in the end will make the journey and sacrifice worth it.

Do not quit seeking God, but keep traveling towards and with Him until you step into eternity.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the joy of knowing God; that God will give you strength for the journey; and that you will see signs of Jesus all around you.