In the Desert, You Don't Remember...

In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you brought us out into this desert to starve the entire assembly to death. - Exodus 16: 2-4

When the Lord brings us to new a place in life sometimes we have to let go of old familiar ways so we can embrace God’s best for us. The Israelites were stuck in slavery in Egypt. It was a miserable life but at least they had three square meals a day. Eventually, God called Moses to lead His people out of Egypt and into freedom. Moses got his people across the Red Sea but now they were bogged down in the desert. The food pantry was dry and then suddenly what used to be so terrible (Israel’s slavery) looked like the good ol’ days. God’s people began to grumble against Moses and because of their shortsightedness they were willing to settle for second best. Perhaps you are at a new place in your life and God is stretching you; and you are beginning to wonder whether or not this new place is right and you are being tempted to go back to Egypt. Be encouraged and don’t go back! Let God stretch you in the new place. The Lord will provide you with manna, you will not starve. Be encouraged and don’t settle for second best when God is giving you the Promised Land.

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Eat the Scroll

Ezra stood on the platform in full view of the people. When they saw him open the book, they all rose to their feet. - Nehemiah 8:5

Have you ever wondered why some churches stand when the Bible is read before the preaching of the Word? 

In the OT the Israelites were overrun by foreign powers and taken away to foreign lands. What led to their demise was idolatry, the chasing after other gods in the place of the Lord their God. Eventually they got to return home and rebuild their temple and recommit their lives to the Lord. One thing the people did to signify their recommitment was they would stand when the Word of God was read to them. Ezra the priest had the privilege of leading the people back to the Lord through the preaching of the Word. When he read the Bible the people stood in reverence to God. In the military when the commander enters the room everyone gets quiet, stands perfectly straight, and salutes the commanding officer. The leader gets their full undivided attention. There are many good things in our lives that we give our full attention to: our families, spouses, and jobs. But what about the Bible? Do we read and listen to it attentively? God wants us to love His Word by studying and applying it to our lives. We cannot know and love the Savior apart from reverencing his Word. Be encouraged and get in the Word.

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