It always amazes me when people witness the favor of God and still hesitate to follow Him preferring their familiar surroundings and friends. I read Numbers 10 this week. I noticed that Moses invited his brother-in-law to join the caravan to the Promised Land. The invitation was turned down. You have to wonder why. “No, I will not go. I must return to my own land and family” his brother-in-law said. Imagine that! The children of Israel were carrying the Ark of the Covenant. The presence of God was right with them and the Lord was leading them! What can replace a loving God who provides His children with a covenant to care for them and protect them?
As I read further, I embraced their prayer and made it my own. Rise up, Lord, and let thy enemies be scattered. In the wilderness they encountered enemies. They looked to God for success and victory in their warfare as well as their needs for supplies and protection.
God has made Himself so personal to me over the past few years providing me with His peace and His rest in my own personal wilderness amidst my enemies. This gives me an understanding of covenant and I’m in awe of Him. It’s not clear to me if Moses’ brother-in-law changed his mind and joined the party in the desert, but it’s crystal clear to me that there is no other place I’d rather be than in covenant with my God. He’s alive! Like Moses, I want every member of my family to partake of the Promise! Yes, it’s all relative.
This post is linked to Spiritual Sundays hosted by Ginger and Charlotte.