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Putting God to the test………..bad idea!

“And he (Moses) called the place Massah and Meribah because the Israelites quarreled and because they tested the Lord saying, ‘Is the Lord among us or not?’”  Exodus 17:7.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading:  Exodus 17-20, and Acts 3.

This is clear cut.  No wondering about what specifically not to do.

I love the Bible because it’s “busy” with characters of all sorts coming and going.  You don’t just have the best-of-the-best.   You also are introduced to the worst-of-the-worst!

We learn in today’s chosen verse what we shouldn’t do.

the brief history from the start of the plagues, God has been in the midst of the Israelites.  They had the Red Sea on one side of them and the Egyptian military on the other.  God was with them there.

As issues come up in their travels beyond the Red Sea, the insidious doubting of God surfaces again and again.  God is not pleased that it happens.

The evidence is clear in looking at past events that God is indeed with them.  Moses is getting his directives from God………yet each problem produces doubters with attitudes that irk God.

And we are the same way, aren’t we?  We have a history.  We know the things that have happened in our lives.  God is not missing.  We have His Holy Spirit within us.  Good times, bad times He’s ALWAYS in our midst.  And we best not suggest otherwise and test God, as the Israelites did in today’s verse.

“Lord, You are my omnipresent God.  You have promised not to forsake me and I’m taking that to the bank.  Forgive me for doubting You.  I love You, Father.”

Whining is testing God……..don’t go there.

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Are you guided by Him or your own whim?

“Whenever the cloud lifted from above the tent, the Israelites set out; wherever the cloud settled, the Israelites encamped.” Numbers 9:17.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Numbers 8-9 and Acts 28.

The Israelites are often depicted as troublesome.

We read numerous references about their wandering ways. God tells them to do something and they complain.   God promises them something and they don’t believe Him.

But this time, in today’s chosen verse, the Israelites get it right. God is using a cloud to guide them when to move and when to stop and the Israelites obey that leading.

The key words in the verse, in my opinion, are “wherever” and “whenever.” The Israelites did not dispute where they were going or when they were to stop. God’s guidance was all they needed. Good for them!

I must have the same attitude that the Israelites displayed in this story. He must lead and I must unconditionally follow.

How often do I try to lead by setting my own agenda? The answer is, “Too often.”

How often do you make a plan and then ask God to bless the plan you’ve devised without Him?

I think of the story in which the Israelites had been reprimanded for disobedience. From there they decided to do what they were supposed to do on their own terms. Then Moses was basically told by God, “Go ahead but I’m not going with You.” How often do you suppose God tells us the same thing when we plan our ways? Are we near enough to Him to hear?

I sense a need to be in constant connection to God. I don’t want to engage in activities unless those activities are in His Will.

Am I willing to be close enough to Him so that I sense the whereabouts of the “cloud” that the Israelites followed?

“Lord, thank You for stories of obedience. Role model stories. I need to be well aware of You. I cannot expect Your blessing when I am apart from You. Prick my conscience when I am astray. Give me the Godly sense to be horrified when I am apart from You. Saturate me right now with You. I love You, Father.”

If you are not obeying God, you’re heading for an eternal disaster.

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