Ezra 8:21 Seeking God’s Protection

Girl on forest road

There, by the Ahava Canal, I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before God and ask him for a safe journey for us and our children, with all our possessions. Ezra 8:21 

Traveling a long distance can be stressful for some people. There is a lot that can occur on the trip. This becomes especially true when there are many different roads to turn on, or flight changes, or bus changes, depending on how one travels.

Fear of missing a transfer or a turn can rise up in a person. Along with those fears, one can fear a breakdown of the vehicle, or danger of other drivers. If one is traveling through an area that is also dangerous, it can raise fears or concerns.

People want to be safe and know that they can make the trip safely with no problems. They seek out the best routes to travel to be safe. They find the best methods to travel.

Ezra was traveling back to Jerusalem with a large number of people to settle there. On the road back to Jerusalem, there could be some problems, so he and the people fasted, humbling themselves, and put themselves into God’s hand for protection. They trusted God’s protection, rather than seek the king’s protection.

While people do go physically traveling a lot, there is one trip that every person is making–life. Traveling through life can reveal a lot of dangers, especially for the believer. The world does not want the believer to be successful in traveling through this life into eternity.

There are the normal dangers of injury, setbacks, breakdowns, and sickness, but with the believer there can also be dangers of persecution and ridicule. The believer must be ready for anything.

The best way to be ready for the trip through this life is trusting in God. Allowing God to provide the needed protection as needed and when needed.

You are not in a position that you can make the trip without any problems along the way. You cannot provide all the needed protection, only God can do that.

Instead of trusting people and the things of this world to get you through this journey of life, humble yourself and put your trust in God. Only God can protect you, your family and your things through this life into eternity.

Know that God will bring you safe to the other side, if you trust Him.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust God’s protection in your life; that you will travel the path God has for you in this life; and that you will see God’s hand of protection daily. 

Advertisements

Deuteronomy 2:7 Never Lacking

Wilderness walk

The LORD your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He has watched over your journey through this vast wilderness. These forty years the LORD your God has been with you and you have not lacked anything. Deuteronomy 2:7

Going through life, many people claim to be lacking things. It is very seldom that a person will say that they do not lack anything that they need. Often, however, the need is not really a need, but a want.

The world is constantly saying that a person needs more and more things in order to really live this life. One can never have enough stuff in order to make it in this life.

According to the standards of this world, the Israelites would have been lacking very badly for things, as they traveled around in the wilderness. They would not have had a house, newest camels or chariots, or the fanciest meals and clothing. Yet, God told them that as they traveled in a wilderness for forty years, they did not lack anything at all. God provided for every need that they had.

Although today people usually are not traveling through a physical wilderness, they are traveling through the wilderness of this world. They start out with nothing and have to survive.

Just like the Israelites, believers today do not lack anything. They may not have the fanciest meal, three times a day, but they still have food. They may not have the newest trend of clothing, but they still have clothes.

God always provides every believer with everything that he needs. Sometimes God will go above and beyond and give what he wants.

In order to see God’s provision, one must change the view. He must not look at what others have, but at what God has blessed him with.

Take a look at your own life and see how much you have really been blessed with by God. How much provision has God provided you with over the years?

You may not have all of your wants and desires, but you always have all of your needs. God will never fail you in providing what you need.

This world is your wilderness, and it is trying to tell you what you need. The devil is a liar and you really don’t need everything the world says you need.

Trust God for His great provision for you needs in this life. You will not lack for anything.

Today I pray that you will see God’s hand of provision in your life; that you will trust in God’s provision; that you will continue to follow and trust God; and that God will bring  you through this wilderness.

Numbers 33:1 Stages In The Journey Of Life

Desert highway

Here are the stages in the journey of the Israelites when they came out of Egypt by divisions under the leadership of Moses and Aaron. Numbers 33:1

Going through life there are many different stages. The amount of stages is different for each person. The length of each stage will also be different.

The basic changes are the birth,  growing up, being an adult, getting older and dying. This is very short of the rest of the changes that occur throughout the life of a person.

In the middle of each of these basic stages there can be untold numerous other changes. Some may be short, while others take a lifetime of change.

Some of the changes can be for the better, such as a good move, promotion in position of a job, marriage, new friends, and many more wonderful things. Other changes are not so fun to go through, such as sickness, a negative move, divorce, death, loss of job, and more.

As the Israelites traveled through the wilderness, they had to go through many different changes. Nearing the end of Numbers, God has it listed the different places they had moved to. There was constant change of location. Some seemed to be better, while others were more challenging.

Every believer is on a journey through this life with their walk with God. The ultimate end of the journey is in heaven for eternity. However, until that time, there are many changes. God moves people around on a regular basis. Sometimes to keep one from trouble, other times for one to be a witness or to do a new work in a new location.

Some of those moves are easy to make, while others are scary and challenging. It can be a move from a loved place/position to a place of difficulty and challenges.

Every move God has a person make, is to help the person draw closer to Him and to be a witness to a new group.

You will have changes throughout your life, just like the Israelites. Instead of fearing change and moves, embrace them. Seek God to find out what you can do with the new change in your life. Ask God for strength and wisdom with the new change. And above all, trust God with the new change.

It is a great journey towards heaven. Be ready for the changes as you keep getting closer to heaven. God has a plan for your life.

I pray today that you will know God’s plan for your life; that you will see the purpose in the changes God allows; that you will trust God’s plans; and that you will be a witness of God throughout every change in life.

Numbers 9:22 Waiting On God’s Order

Camping at night

Whether the cloud stayed over the tabernacle for two days or a month or a year, the Israelites would remain in camp and not set out; but when it lifted, they would set out. Numbers 9:22

People are constantly making choices in life as to when to move forward with something or not. Opportunities arise for movement upward in position in jobs and careers and schooling. The majority look at the financial benefits and anything that looks good they grab and move quickly at every opportunity.

While in the waiting period, many people keep trying to knock on doors to move upward and forward. They do not like to sit still and wait. The thought is that life is moving quickly and they must keep moving or they will miss something in life. People are anxious to keep moving towards the goal quickly.

As the Israelites were traveling through the wilderness, God had times for them to set up camp and sit still, while other times they were to move on. The time of waiting could be a very short time, while other times it would be a long wait. They would wait until the cloud God set over them had moved.

In life there are many lessons to be taught and things to do as a believer goes down the path God has for him. When in one place, it may be there for a short time, and the lesson or job is quickly done, then God will move on to the next phase in life.

Other times, God has a person sitting in one spot for a long time. There may be a lot of work to be done there, or learning the lesson could take some time. Waiting on God to move is needed to be done.

You will see the different times of movement, as a believer, in your own life. You may feel as if God is moving too fast, or too slow. Trusting God’s timing is important and obeying His order is a requirement.

God knows when it is best to move on and when it is best to stay in one place.

God knows the lesson or work you must go through. Seek Him to know what it is and work on completing what He requires. At the perfect time, God will move on to the next phase in life.

How are you doing at obeying God’s commands to stay or move?

I pray today that you will know what God is requiring of you; that you will wait patiently on God’s timing to move; that you will complete the work God has for you to do where you are; and that you will learn all lessons God gives you.

Exodus 13:21 The Perfect GPS

map

By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light so that they could travel by day or night. Exodus 13:21

Traveling through an unknown area can be challenging. This becomes even more true when there is no direct road to take. The challenge becomes even much harder when there is no map to follow. Then a person must add on traveling through an area with very few people and no towns or cities. Traveling becomes almost impossible.

This is the type of traveling the Israelites had to go through when they left Egypt. They really didn’t know where they were going or how to get there.

Going through life is not a whole lot different then the Israelites traveling through the wilderness. No person really knows the path to take. There are too many different possibilities and too many different paths. At any moment the time to turn could come up. A person needs to be guided as to how to make it through this life.

Often people turn to others who have made the path to determine how to make it themselves. They seek advice from other people, which may be correct or incorrect. It may work or it may not.

God had chosen to lead the Israelites through the desert. He showed up as a pillar of cloud during the day and a pillar of fire at night. He let them know when to start moving and when to stop, when to turn and when to go straight. This occurred 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. All they had to do was look up and know where to go next in their lives.

Things have not changed since the Israelites have left, except God no longer uses a pillar of cloud or fire to lead a person. As a believer you can have God’s Holy Spirit guide you through this life. He now lives in you and is with you to guide you through this life.

God is willing to show you the path to take that is the best path to take. He will never steer you wrong. At any moment in your life God will let you know when to move, stop, or make a turn.

All you need to do is allow Him to guide you. Is God your guide?

I pray today that you will know God’s Holy Spirit in your life; that you will listen to God’s guidance; that you will walk the path God has for you; and that you will follow God all the days of  your life. 

Jeremiah 31:21 Set Up Road Signs

“Set up road signs; put up guideposts. Take note of the highway, the road that you take. Return, Virgin Israel, return to your towns.” Jeremiah 31:21

Israel had been scattered as a nation to other nations. They were exiled from their homeland. As this occurred, God had stated that He would bring them back to their land. As God called them back, He wanted them to set up signs and guides along the way to point the way back home. There would be many who had never lived in the homeland and would not know the direction to go, with the signs it would guide them to the correct path home.

Every person that drives down a road, traveling to some place, always needs signs to guide them. Without the signs it would make it very difficult to find where one is going. Without signs, one may think he got to where he was going, but could be in the totally wrong location. Think about Christopher Columbus. He tried to make it to India, but landed in Central America.

Along side the signposts, one was also to put up guideposts. On mountain roads there are guideposts to let a person know where the edge of the road is. They are there to protect a person from going off of the road and getting into danger.

As a Christian, you have been down a road that many have never taken yet. That is the road to salvation through Jesus. When you started to believe in Jesus and accept His forgiveness of your sins, you had made it back home to God. You are living in a new place with a new life, that many do not know.

Jesus told all believers to be His witness in this world. Just as the Israelites were to set up road signs and guideposts on the way back home, so you must set up signs and guideposts for others to see the path home.

Being a witness of who Jesus is and what He has to offer are the road signs to eternal life that every person needs to hear and see. Showing grace, mercy, forgiveness and love are the guideposts that keep a person from straying back off the path to God.

Are you willing to set up road signs and guideposts so that others may make the journey home to God? Set them up today.

I pray today know the path to God in your own life; that you will show the path to Jesus to others; that you will be a witness of who Jesus is to the world around you; and that you will bring many others home to God with you.

Going On Vacation

Today I am leaving for a few days on a trip of a lifetime. One of my sons and I are going on a Jesus Freak cruise with the Christian band DC Talk.

For those of you who may not know who that band is, they were a very big Christian band in the 80s-90s. They quit singing as a band in the mid-90s. Each of the three members of the band went on to sing on their own or with another band. Toby Mac sings on his own, and Michael Tate is now lead singer for the band Newsboys.

They are getting together for the first time since they separated as a band for a one week series of concerts. The exciting thing about this series of concerts is that it is on a cruise from Miami to the Bahamas. There will be many other singers and bands on the cruise.

I have always dreamed of going on a cruise and I love to visit other countries. I have never been to the Bahamas, so it will be a new country to add to the list. And as for a cruise, this will be great because it is a Christian based cruise. There should be very little to no alcohol, and definitely no drunk partying on this cruise. Most cruises I have looked at in the past include both those things, which I do not personally agree with or want to be around.

The reason I am telling you what I am doing is that I will not have internet available while I am gone. I have already set up posts to show up each day, so there will be no break in the devotions or other things that I like to post. During this time, however, if you make any comments I will not be able to moderate them until I get back.

Please feel free to make comments. I enjoy knowing what your thoughts are on the different posts that God leads me to write. When I get back I will be sure to read, moderate them, and respond to every post.

I trust God is blessing you with these posts and you are drawing closer to Him each time you read one. I trust that you are reading the Bible more as you follow my posts.

Thank you for reading my posts and being faithful to God. I will be online next Sunday.