Category Archives: Food For Thought

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Wait on the LORD

Numbers 9:8
“Moses answered them, ‘wait until I find out what the LORD commands concerning you.’”

In the above verse, it had been one year since the exodus from Egypt, and GOD has instructed Moses to tell the Israelites that it’s time to celebrate the Passover; however, there were some who, according to the law, were ceremonially unclean and didn’t know what to do. They were caught on the horns of a dilemma!

Have you ever been in a situation where you just didn’t know what to do? Perhaps you accepted an invitation to have Christmas dinner at your parents’ house without speaking with your mate, and likewise your mate accepted an invitation to have dinner with her parents without speaking to you about it. Both dinners are at the same time, and you don’t want to disappoint either party, what do you do? Or maybe you’re in college and decided to go to a community college close to home when you receive an acceptance letter from a prestigious college that is hundreds of miles away, what do you do? This may not be a very good analogy but I hope you get the meaning… you’re stuck between two commitments.

Naturally, your ‘flesh’ will always want to go where it’s the most fun, or receive the most recognition, and we always find a way to reason it out saying this is what GOD wants for me without consulting GOD. In the above story, these men wanted to go to the party, Passover is celebrated for 7 days, but at the same time they didn’t want to anger GOD and risk death by participating when they were considered unclean. So, what did they do? They went to Moses who in turn went to GOD. Today, through Jesus, we have the privilege of going directly to GOD.

Many of us know what our BFF would do in any given circumstance, but we should never assume, especially with GOD. Always keep GOD first!

Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31

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Comparing Ourselves to Others

Numbers 7

Numbers chapter 7 was the dedication of the Tabernacle, the grand opening so to speak. Today store owners slash prices and/or give away items to lure prospective customers in, but with GOD, although He grants us unconditional love, abounding mercy & grace, it is we the ‘customer’ who must choose to service GOD.

In the dedication, the 12 different tribes brought gifts to the tabernacle, one tribe presenting their gift one day and another the next and so on and so forth until all 12 had presented their gifts. It would have been easy for the tribes to begin to compare their gifts to another’s but they didn’t. They all brought the same thing. The gift? To glorify GOD and not themselves.

In the church serving takes on many facets, but true serving is doing what you do for the glory of GOD. Sadly, until we grow in our walk, serving becomes a competition – who gets the most recognition. We do this through comparing ourselves to others. This can open the door to the enemy where the sin of envy and jealousy can flourish. It can also bring on despair, discouragement, and slow down your own growth in your walk. We should not look to the left or the right but straight ahead with thanksgiving to the one who is our everything.

• Paul, says, “I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me…” Acts 20:24 NIV
“Do your own work well, and then you will have something to be proud of. But don’t compare yourself with others.” Galatians 6:4 CEV
• You are unique – “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made…” Psalms 139:14 ESV

You are unique!

No one can do what only you can do and you were not created to do what only another person can do!