LESSONS FROM THE BOOK OF NUMBERS
Welcome to another series of lessons from the book of Numbers.
The Lord bless and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace. Amen.
Last week, I shared some lessons I learned from Numbers 1-5 and I was encouraged by the responses I got by email and comments from subscribers and fellow bloggers about the lessons they have learned from the book, and sharing the perspective they held about the book.
This is another week in the book of Numbers and there are yet more lessons to learn, and reasons to read/study this book.
Here’s my lesson from Numbers 6-10. I pray it encourages you and you get to be reminded of something or learn something new that will help deepen your walk.
1. God takes our decisions seriously. When we vow to live rightly before God, when we accept Christ and commit our lives to Him, or make vows. He takes them seriously. And then goes ahead to give us His set standards of living and expectations as people who are devoted to Him. (Numbers 6:1-2)
Are you aware that God doesn’t joke or take lightly our promises to Him, the commitments we have made and even promises we make to people?
2. Our devotions to God as Christians must be evident in our association, appearance, conduct and diet (speaking of drinks). This area of our Christian lives is of great concern to God as we could lead people to God or lead them away from God through our lifestyle. (Numbers 6:4-8)
What message does your lifestyle preach to others about God and your devotion to Him?
3. When you ask God to bless to others or yourself, you are asking Him to do these 5 things: bless and keep them (speaking in favor and protection); make His face shine on them (be pleased with them); be gracious to them (speaking of mercy and compassion); turn His face toward them (His approval); and give them peace. The blessing you offer will not only help those receiving it, it will also demonstrate love and encourage others (Numbers 6:24-26)
Have you asked God to bless someone lately?
4. Giving to God must be intentional and done willingly. (Numbers 7:1-3)
How do you give; willingly or you often wait to be compelled or sweet tongued? There’s so much you can learn from the Israelites willful giving.
5. When we see a need in the church or people around us, if we have the resources to meet that need, we should take steps to do it. It is unwise praying for God to fill the hungry brother in your church, when we are in the position to meet that need.
6. God accepts our offering. Not only does He use them to meet the need in His house or furtherance of the Gospel, He blesses us too.
7. God doesn’t call us to walk alone… the Israelites laid hands on the Levites in support of their calling (Numbers 8:10). When God calls us to a particular thing, He always gives us helpers, supporters, encouragers, mentors, and sometimes critics took; to help us fulfil His calling.
8. When God calls you, He equips you with gifts, help and everything else you will need (Numbers 8:19).
9. God does not and will not lower His standard of Holiness to accommodate our sin, or shortcomings, rather He provides us a way to get back to Him—CHRIST. (Numbers 9:6-12). So rather than pray for God to change His mind or standards when you fall, — go through the WAY He has provided—Christ.
10. When we have guests and visitors in our homes and churches, we may be tempted to change or water down our Christian practices. We should not change or bend our Christian practices, principles or beliefs because of guest, visitors, family members sleeping over at our house or while trying to make new friends or good impressions. We should maintain our standards, whether or not we have guests, visitors, new friends etc. We may never know what influence it will on them. (Numbers 9:14)
11. When you follow God’s guidance, you know you are where God wants you to be—whether you are moving or staying in one place. (Numbers 9:23)
12. It is important to learn to keep step with God and not running ahead of Him or lagging behind. We have to learn to move when He says move and stop when He says stop. We may not have the cloud and the fire, but we have God’s word and the Holy Spirit.
13. God is always with us. No matter how tough and lonely and dark our walk gets, He never leaves. For us, stability does not mean lack of change, but moving with God in every circumstance with the knowing that He is with us. (Numbers 10:21)
14. People cannot know you appreciate them if you do not tell them that they are important to you. We have to learn to notice, compliment, appreciate and encourage others rather than being critical all the time (10:29-32).
What can you do or say today to let people know you appreciate them?
We in this study some practical tips to help us deepen our walk with God.
Like the Israelites, we are not home. We are just passing through this world on our way toward our home in glory– but untill then, may we know and follow God’s direction wherever He leads us. May we lead our lives as people devoted to God and do all it takes to keep the standards He has set before us.
Keep walking with the King..
Are youu following God? Are you in a season of waiting or moving? How are you handling the changes in your life? How are living out God’s standards in your life?
What else have you learned that you would like to add to these lessons?
I love to read about it in the comments