Archive | May 2013

The Key to Moses’ Success

“Moses did exactly what God commanded him to do.” Numbers 17:11 (GWT)

That’s the key to Moses’ success, isn’t it? Once he has his encounter with God at the burning bush, he begins to do exactly what God tells him to do.

It costs him. It costs him his quiet shepherd life and his family – he’s separated from his wife and sons for a while. Despite the cost, Moses does exactly what God commands him to do and the nation of Israel is freed from slavery.

Once in the wilderness, obedience costs Moses again – he must be mediator between God and the people and he must serve the people and God. He loses personal “freedom” and a peaceful existence as he listens to complaints and settles disputes.

There’s an even greater cost to disobedience. God tells Moses to speak to the rock, but frustrated with the Israelites, he strikes the rock twice and takes the credit that belongs to God for providing water. The one time Moses doesn’t do exactly what God commanded him to do, it cost him entrance into the Promised Land.

Jesus did exactly what God needed Him to do. It cost Him heaven, it cost Him a normal Hebrew life and eventually it cost Him His life. But if Jesus hadn’t been willing to pay the price, we’d be in an awful mess with no hope. He paid a great cost, but the benefits to mankind were countless times more.

It’s a bit sobering to think that my lack of obedience and/or my disobedience may be denying others the freedom they need, or a blessing experience.

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In God’s Breast Pocket

Me: Excuse me. God? Um, I think there’s been a mistake. My life just isn’t what I thought it would be. I always believed my beloved husband and I would grow old together, but he left me for someone else. So then I thought You would send another husband to love me and provide for me, and help around the house, but You haven’t and it’s hard work and it takes so much time and I’m a bit lonely.

God: Let’s see. We’ll get out your Book of Life and check. Janet Jean, right? White house with all the trees? No, that’s right. It’s just you and Buster Brown.

Oh. Well, how about the job? It’s downtown and that’s a long commute and (I gave God the list, but won’t bore you with it).

Let’s see. Downtown job – no, that’s right where We have you.

Oh. Well, about all those hard things in my life (another long list). Were they supposed to happen?

Supposed to happen? Not really – My original plan was Eden for everyone. However people keep making the wrong choices. People keep choosing to sin and go their own way. But whatever happened to you because of your poor choices or because of the poor choices of others, We made sure We were right there with you through the hard times and that you had everything you needed to learn and grow in spite of them.

Oh. Well, is it going to get better? Easier? Will I

Now Janet Jean, you know I won’t tell you. I will take care of the future and help you with the present just like I’ve done in the past. Remember?

Oh yes! I remember. Thank You so much for all You’ve done for me. You took care of everything and saw me through so much. I do appreciate You. It’s just that I was hoping…

I know My child. Remember when I asked you to give Me your hopes and dreams? You were expecting Me to put them in a pretty little box with your name on it, tie it in a ribbon and put it on a shelf. But what did you see Me do?

(With a tearful smile and closed eyes) You put them in Your breast pocket.

(With a tender touch) Here they are My child, and here they’ll stay. You’ll be fine – just trust Me. You will do well. Let Me help. Here, let Me show you your Book before you go:

Janet Jean, My Beloved Everything

Letters to a Friend

Dear Lord,
I feel so angry inside.
Like I’m going to explode into pieces that could hurt the people I care about.
Take off the pressure.

Oh Lord,
I’m so afraid inside.
Afraid to move or act or think or do anything, yet the world rushes by – without me!
Comfort me.

Dear Lord, excuse me Sir,
I feel so sad inside.
Like I’m going to melt away and drown in my tears.
Will You ease the pain? Please?
I knew You would.

Dear Lord, May I bother You again?
I feel so happy inside.
I’m so glad, I think I could burst and send out rays of light.
I have to tell someone about it.
Can I tell You?
I knew I could.

Dear Lord, Guess what!
I’m so peaceful inside.
Like the sea that has been gently smoothed after a violent storm.
May I share it with others?
I knew You wouldn’t mind.

By the way,
Did I ever thank You?
I know I should have – a long time ago.
I’m saying it now though.
Sorry it’s so late.
I know You understand.