Tag: God knows all
Scripture Reading for February 19th: Numbers 31-33
As our two adopted children were growing up, I had them write scriptures as a discipline for doing wrong. This helped them in several ways. They needed to learn to write English and the Word of God. After writing the verse, they were to explain what it meant to them. Some of the things they did were normal childish things, but some were willful. They obeyed to a point, but always looked for a way to get around true obedience by twisting our instructions. One of the scriptures that we used was Numbers 32:23: “you can be sure your sin will find you out.”
The context for this verse was a warning given by Moses to the tribes of Reuben and Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh. These tribes petitioned Moses to be able to stay on the east side of the Jordan River and not enter the promised land with the rest of the tribes. They were lured by the lush pastures and the potential to make money with their large flocks and herds of sheep and cattle. They were going to have a great life without their rightful inheritance promised by God. They promised to fight and help their brothers take their inheritance, however. Moses warned them against failing to fulfill their promise to fight. That would be a sin that would find them out!
There are people like these tribes of Israel in the church today. They experience the blessings of God’s deliverance from sin and hear the promises of God for authority and a full inheritance. But they are satisfied with what they can have right now. They want the easy life and are not convinced that God’s promises are worth the chance or the effort. They choose to go part way with God’s people, but not all the way!
These two tribes were later unfaithful to God and prostituted themselves to other gods. God gave them over to their enemies and they went into captivity! (1st Chronicles 5:24-26) They were faithful for a time, but in the end going part way was not enough! Their sin found them out! Don’t let this happen to you!
Scripture reading for June 1st: Job 35-37
“How great is God–beyond understanding! The number of His years is past finding out.” (Job 36:26) Elihu was young and had great wisdom in spite of his youth, but he still lacked a complete understanding of God and confessed that. How can one who is finite grasp that which is infinite? How can man have complete understanding of the Almighty One? He concluded that we must worship Him and ponder His many wonders. Wonder and worship lead to revelation and faith!
“God is mighty, but does not despise men; He is mighty and firm in His purpose.” (Job 36:5) Contrary to the view of one of Job’s friends who felt that man was a maggot, Elihu believed that God took notice of men and worked with them throughout life. When they were bound by trials, God used the trial to correct them and lead them to repentance and restoration. To be restored, a man must listen, learn and then respond to God’s correction. If man does not respond, they die without knowledge. (Job 36:8-12)
Elihu told Job that his crying out in his suffering was good sign. Wicked and godless men did not cry out when they suffered and they perished. (Job 36:13-14) God would deliver Job from his suffering and restore him. Job must watch out for temptations to escape the affliction through evil means, like thinking money might save him.
Elihu’s advice to Job was wonder and worship! God is so amazing and does so much that provokes wonder. If we would focus on the amazing wonders of God, then this God that is beyond our understanding would more deeply reveal Himself. Elihu pointed Job to the thunderstorm and the wonders of a cloudburst, snow, or ice. (Job 37:1-12) How God makes that all work is a mystery that reveals His great power and thoughtfulness. God is so creative and has amazing abilities beyond our understanding!
“Out of the North He comes in golden splendor; God comes in awesome majesty. The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power; in His justice and great righteousness, He does not oppress. Therefore men revere Him, for does he not have regard for all the wise in heart?” (Job 37:22-24) Elihu ends his words to Job with a call to worship! Whatever our physical state, the way to God is through reverence and worship! It is the way of faith!