In but not of

“So Israel yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor.  And the Lord’s anger burned against them.” Numbers 25:3.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Numbers 24-27, and 1 Corinthians 13.

The key to this verse is the word, “yoked.”

We have no choice but to live in the world.  Our overlying task as believers is to regulate our attachment to the world.

If God is not speaking to us, then Satan is.  His favorite line is that we don’t need God.  We can handle things.  The more we “handle” things the further we get from God.

If this verse reinforces one truth it is that God doesn’t take our waywardness lightly. “Burned,” doesn’t suggest an “Oh, that’s okay.  Try harder next time,” approach.

To be forced by work or pleasure to be deep within the culture of the godless should cause us to question our location in those spots.  Are we sure that God wants us there?  God may well WANT us there to rightly represent Him in their midst, but we need to constantly ask Him, “Is there where I should be?”

Jesus didn’t stay in one spot.  He traveled and often He would move because of the reactions He was getting.

How does God get our attention?  It can be by circumstances.  Just because things are going well in a godless spot doesn’t mean that I must continue there, and likewise, if things aren’t going well I shouldn’t automatically take off.  I truly need Him guiding me every second and I must beg for that guidance from Him.

“Lord, I want to be only where You want me to be.  Guide me, O thou great Jehovah.  Prick my conscience when I’m off course.  Open my eyes/ears to see/hear as You do.  I love You, Father.”

Everywhere I am MUST be where God wants me to be.

 

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