HE IS ENOUGH
March 26, 2020
“These are the countries which Moses did distribute for inheritance in the plains of Moab, on the other side Jordan, by Jericho, eastward. But unto the tribe of Levi Moses gave not any inheritance: the Lord God of Israel was their inheritance, as he said unto them.”
After the previous generation of Israelites had failed to trust God and claim what He had promised, a new generation now stepped out in faith to take possession of the Promised Land. Part of that process involved the dividing of the land into individual “states” – one for each of the tribes. But, twice in Joshua 13, we read that the tribe of Levi was not given an inheritance – any land. God’s reason was simple – “the Lord God of Israel was their inheritance,” (v.33). Levi needed to know that they didn’t need land or property to be rich. God would be more than enough, and He would be sure to provide everything else they would need.
We are currently going through a season in which things that we have come to take for granted are not available – dinner at local restaurants; sporting events; school activities and programs; etc. Even in-person school instruction and many businesses have been severely limited or even halted. As Pastor Rod reminded us in the last post, we have been placed in a position where we are required to “be still.” But in these still moments, God wants to remind us that, if we have Him, He is enough, and He will provide anything else that we will need. It is our responsibility to keep focused on Him and allow Him to guide our every step.
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
2 Corinthians 12:9
In this extended time of being still, I have found more opportunities to read. One of the five books, which I am currently reading, is The Burden Bearer: Who’s Carrying Your Load? written by Paul W. Chappell. If you are looking for something to read, I would encourage you to pick up this book (available from Amazon in both hardcover and digital formats), which challenges us toward allowing God to carry our burdens, no matter what they may be. I am almost ¼ of the way through it and have been greatly blessed and encouraged.
COMPELLED TO BE STILL
March 24, 2020
"Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen,
I will be exalted in the earth."
For most of us, for the majority of our lives, this has probably been the most difficult aspect of this verse to put into practice. Yet, in a little over a week’s time, the world has turned upside down and we are still. Not by choice, of course, but here we are. School, practice, and play dates are cancelled or postponed. Work plans have changed. Date night out...not right now. Where once we saw a full calendar, now we see mandatory time at home, for many. And in the silent, still uncertainty of the unknown the verse goes on to remind us to “know that I am God.”
So for the time being it looks like we have the “be still” part, whether we like it or not. Here are a few things I will be doing in an attempt to make the latter part a reality. I would encourage you to do the same.