“He said: ‘Take a census of the whole Israelite community by their clans and families, listing every man by name, one by one.’” Numbers 1:2.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Numbers 1-2 and Acts 24.
Why did God want a census taken of the Israelites? God knew how many there were. It may have been to organize them for the marching/fighting He knew was in their days ahead.
God is God. His reasons may not always be evident to us. Recall Jesus asking His disciples how they were going to feed the large gathering that had followed them. We learn that Jesus was testing His disciples in that instance.
The lesson in here for me may well be the Israelites’ response to the census request given in Numbers 1:54: “The Israelites did all this just as the Lord commanded Moses.”
I will not understand why things happen in every instance. I do know that God is in charge and therefore “all things work together for good to them that love God.” The catch in there is “that love God.” If I have a casual relationship with God I will be on His bandwagon in good times and elsewhere when things get hard.
I must be fully committed to Him. “Thick or thin” could well be part of that commitment. But we win in the end!
“Lord, forgive me for evaluating You based on what happens. You are in charge. My task is to love You and trust You. Intensify my awareness of what You want me doing and not doing. I want to get it right. Fill me with You. Toss out the sludge that weakens my ability to rightly represent You in my midst. You are my God.”
He is in charge. I must act accordingly.