God instructed Moses to pick up his rod and speak to the rock in the Wilderness of Zin when they were out of water. Vexed by the complaining, demanding mood of the Israelites, Moses angrily struck the rock twice in the presence of the people. God went ahead and miraculously provided the water, but was severely displeased with Moses for striking the rock rather than speaking to it as instructed.
Because Moses did not “Sanctify (God’s) name” before the multitude, God determined to keep Moses out of the Promised Land.
We should also allow God to perform miracles for us by “speaking” to Him through prayer.
PRAYER: Lord, in the name of Jesus, we ask for Your supernatural provision for all the needs of life. We want to fully “Sanctify Your Name” by allowing You to meet all our needs through Christ Jesus.
READING: Num. 18-20
God instructed Moses to gather the rods of the leaders of the twelve tribes to be placed before the Lord to allow Him to choose the leader He endorsed. God choose Aaron’s rod and caused it to grow leaves and actually bud … all overnight.
God has more to do with the selection of leaders than we realize. As our nation is experiencing the political process of choosing a president, let’s believe God to show His hand of favor upon the leader of His choice.
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, our nation needs Your intervention right now. Bring Your peace and power to bear. Give us a leader who will enact Your will in the earth.
READING: Num. 15-17
The Children of Israel began complaining to Moses about the manna God had provided. They missed the food of Egypt. Then, when they heard there were giants in the new land, they wanted to go back to Egypt. Complain, complain, complain.
Their groaning and ingratitude greatly displeased the Lord. He sent a plague and thereby resolved to deny them access to the Promised Land. Only Joshua and Caleb, men who were filled with faith rather than fear, were allowed to enter the new land.
Complaining prevents God’s blessings.
PRAYER: Lord, forgive us when we complain. We are grateful for what You have provided. We will face the future with faith, trusting in Your provision.
READING: Num. 11-14
As the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night led God’s people through the wilderness, so the Lord will always lead His people. The pillar may not be there, but the leading is. When we give our lives to the Lord in salvation, He assumes control of our destiny. Worrying about the future is needless. God always has a plan and a destination for us. It’s an exciting life.
PRAYER: Father, You lead me in paths of righteousness for Your name’s sake. I want to be a willing and obedient child and walk by faith into the opportunities You present me.
READING: Num. 8-10
In the law of Moses, the Israelites were to make restitution if they stole or damaged the possessions of another. It was an equitable system that guaranteed the offended party would be reasonably pleased with the settlement.
Today, we try to make restitution to get similar results. Children should be taught to respect the possessions of others. If they offend, they should apologize and make reasonable restitution. It prevents ongoing struggles and bitterness.
PRAYER: Lord, we want to be right by anyone we offend. Before You and our neighbors, we want a clear conscience.
READING: Num. 5-7
As the Israelites moved through the wilderness, all the duties and tasks necessary for the transport of the Tabernacle and its contents were distributed among the Levites. Each man had a task to perform. The jobs were efficiently managed.
In that all New Testament Christians are considered priests and kings unto the Lord, it falls to us to likewise be involved in the operation of God’s Kingdom.
“At the Lord’s command through Moses, each was assigned his work and told what to carry.” [Num. 4:49]
What’s your task?
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, use me to be fruitful in Your Kingdom. Let me see clearly what You would have me do to perform my act of service to You.
READING: Num. 2-4
When persons or objects were considered devoted to the Lord, their value was not measured in normal currency. They entered a category that meant they actually belonged to the Lord, and they became holy.
The value of devotion transcends temporal value and actually enters an eternal category.
Seek to become devoted to the LORD and His purposes.
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, I hereby devote myself to You and Your purposes. Make my life count for eternity. I belong to You.
READING: Lev. 27, Num. 1