One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor (Exodus 2:11 NIV).
Growing up is an experience that all look forward to. Parents expect their children to grow up and behave like grown-ups. Meanwhile children imitate their parents and act like grown-ups. Soon they know they will really become one and they long to enjoy the … Read the rest
He moved on from there and dug another well, and no one quarreled over it. He named it Rehoboth, saying, “Now the Lord has given us room and we will flourish in the land” (Genesis 26:22 NIV).
Progress is through opposition. When Isaac dug wells the water was disputed over and he was opposed. But wells with plenty of water was an absolute necessity in those times. Without it his … Read the rest
But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land, those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will give you trouble in the land where you will live (Numbers 33:55 NIV).
This was an instruction to the Israelites who were about to enter the Promised Land. So it does not hold a physical relevance for us today. But … Read the rest
When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions (Psalm 65:3 NIV).
This verse gives us a glimpse of the enormous burden of sin. A man who has never been overwhelmed by his consciousness of sin has never understood forgiveness in a real sense.
A real understanding of what sin is creates in you a sense of being overwhelmed. It has nothing to do with the number of sins … Read the rest
If the Lord delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand (Psalm 37:23, 24 NIV).
A child of God is God’s delight. God watches over him all the time. He therefore need not fear losing the way. But that does not mean that there won’t be pitfalls on the way. These hidden dangers … Read the rest
And the Spirit of the Lord began to stir him while he was in Mahaneh Dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol (Judges 13:25 NIV).
It is a blessed thing to have the Spirit of the Lord’s stirring in your life. The very word “stir” makes us feel a movement. Maybe a slight one. But still intense enough for us to feel it. You cannot ignore it anyway. It is a slight … Read the rest
Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give them–to the Israelites (Joshua 1:2 NIV).
The first instruction after Moses was dead was: “Get ready.” The Promised Land had to be conquered. The people were told to get ready to conquer it. They were not asked to look back and think that … Read the rest
He guarded him as the apple of his eye, like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them on its pinions (Deuteronomy 32:10z, 11 NIV).
God cares for you. He cared for Jacob and his descendants like guarding the apple of His eye. Such tender care is shown to all those who trust in Him.
But … Read the rest