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” I pray you will give the Lord control of every situation that comes into your life.” <>< Dona (03/03/20)

Please read Numbers 31 through 32. If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com.  The Biblegateway website should open for you to use. Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

In Numbers 31 God instructed Moses to take vengeance on the Midianites.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord the Midianites were responsible for enticing the Israelites into Baal worship. Is that why You instructed Moses and the Israelites to destroy the Midianites?

Something to think about

I don’t understand the reason behind everything God did in the Old Testament.  But I do believe God is good (Mark 10:18) and He wants to protect those of us who are seeking a relationship with Him (Psalm 73:28; Psalm 84:11).  And according to both II Peter 3:9 and I Timothy 2:3-4 God wishes for no one to perish. He wishes for all of us to repent and trust in Him. But He does the future and He does know our heart (Genesis 2:9; Genesis 3:5; Psalm 73:1).

Something to experience

In situations I don’t understand, I trust God.  I should not expect God to explain His behavior to me. I’m trusting God to do what is best in everything that I experience. I hope you will too.  (F.Y.I. I do sometimes wonder why certain things are happening to innocent people.  But I usually don’t dwell on it very long.  I take the situation to God. I pray and ask God to help.  Then I attempt to leave it in God’s hands and wait for any insight or instructions He might have for me concerning the situation.)

Prayer

Lord when situations come into our life that we don’t understand, I pray we will give them to You (Philippians 4:6; I Thessalonians 5:18; II Timothy 4:5).  I pray we will take refuge in You and therefore experience Your blessings (Psalm 34:8). Lord I pray we will bear good fruit and continually do so throughout our life (Matthew 3:10).  Thank You Lord for making all things work together as a good plan for those of us who love You and are called according to Your plan and purpose (Romans 8:28).  Lord I pray we will not conform to this world and its superficial values and customs.  I pray we will instead be transformed by the renewing of our mind so that we may prove what Your good, acceptable, and perfect will is (Romans 12:2). Lord I pray we will understand we are indeed Your children (Galatians 3:7).  In Your Son Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

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In Numbers 32 three of the Israel’s tribes (Reuben, Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh) wanted to settle on land east of the Jordan River (just shy of the Promised Land).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord the Israelites had been traveling for forty years to reach the Promised Land.  Yet some of the Israelites decided to stay on the east side of the Jordan.

Something to think about

Moses jumped to the conclusion that these particular Israelites were just trying to get out of helping the other tribes to take over the Promised Land.  But what Moses thought was proved to be wrong.  All the Israelites worked together to conquer the Promised Land (west of the Jordan River).  They finished the whole job, even those parts that may not have benefitted them directly.

Something to experience

Before jumping to conclusions about anyone’s motives we must find out all the facts.  We shouldn’t automatically assume that their motives are wrong, even if their plans sound suspicious. 

Prayer

Lord I thank You for Your protective, loving care. I thank You for Your grace that is able to build us up and give us the rightful inheritance among all those who are sanctified, all those believers who have been set apart for Your purpose (Acts 20:32).  Lord I pray we will pursue with enthusiasm the things which make for peace and the spiritual building up of one another (Romans 14:19).  Lord I pray we will make it a practice to build up our neighbor for his spiritually good (Romans 15:2).  Lord I pray we will strive to excel in ways that will build up the church spiritually too (I Corinthians 14:12; Ephesians 4:16).  Lord I pray unwholesome words will not come from our mouth.  I pray our speech will build up others, according to the need and the occasion, so that we will bless those who hear us speak (Ephesians 4:29). Lord I pray we will be built up on the foundation of our most holy faith, continually progressing with the Holy Spirit’s guidance (Jude 1:20).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“I pray you will build your life on a firm foundation of faith in Christ Jesus.” <>< Dona