When you Look for It
Numbers 9-10 and Psalm 40-41
I always love a good celebration with my friends and family! The Israelites had a number of different celebrations, but arguably the most important one to them was the Passover. The Passover was in commemoration of God sparing the Israelite firstborn sons during the tenth and final plague to free the Israelites from Egypt. All of the Israelite households who spread the blood of the lamb on their doorposts had their firstborn sons spared, but everyone else did not. In chapter nine of Numbers, God instructs the Israelites, through Moses, to celebrate the Passover. This is a vital celebration that the Israelites struggled to remember to celebrate later on.
It would be cool to see the whole nation of Israel gather together to celebrate the Passover. Truth be told, there are a ton of events recorded in the Bible that would be flat out awesome to see firsthand! Of all the awesome things to see, Numbers chapter 9 records one of the top 10 things that I would have liked to have witnessed firsthand – maybe top 5. That awesome thing recorded is the pillar of fire that guided the Israelites where to go at night. During the day, a pillar of cloud guided them, but at night it had the appearance of fire. How cool would it be to see the pillar of fire in the sky at night?! I would say top 10 throughout the whole Bible! Our God is incredible, and he is capable of some awesome feats.
I don’t think many of us are going to be led by a pillar of cloud or fire. However, similar to the Israelites, we can and should still be guided by God. There’s a very good chance that the guidance that God provides you will not be as obvious as the pillar of cloud or fire. Therefore, we really need to be in tune with God and keep our eyes, ears, heart, and mind open to His guidance. There are a number of ways in which God can lead us, so we should be ready at all times. If we are actively seeking God’s guidance, then we are much more likely to see it. That has to do with our Reticular Activating System in our brains. If you don’t know what that is, then look it up on Google or YouTube. You’ll be amazed.
I would encourage you all to pray to God to help you become susceptible to God’s guidance. You may be surprised with all the ways that God attempts to guide you.
A note from Psalm:
“Blessed is the one who considers the poor! In the day of trouble the LORD delivers him,” Psalm 41:1.
Let this serve as a reminder to be generous with everything that God provides us with. If we consider the poor with our resources, then God will deliver us!