The Future is in His Hands

This day with God will be amazing because He is like a mountain; standing rock solid over time and protecting us in our time of need. We can take courage, for God is there for us. Let us continue our building our faith as we read Numbers 23.

From the previous chapter, we learned that the king of Moab named Balak was concerned that Jacob and Israel would take over his land so he had Balaam brought to him for the purpose of putting a curse on Jacob and Israel. Balaam was a person who received hidden knowledge and would use occult power to grant blessings or put curses on people.

Once Balaam gets to Balak, he goes off to the barren height to meet with God. God gives Balaam words to communicate but it was not good news for Balak. The king wanted instruction, encouragement, or some plan to overcome the threat of Jacob and Israel but there was not any encouraging words for Balaam.

There was only the Truth! Balaam tells Balak that Jacob and Israel will be blessed instead of cursed because it is God who holds their future in His hands.

Those against God can’t handle the Truth but the take away as explained in this passage is that we can receive the courage needed to stand up to them and be truthful even though what we say is not what they want to hear. We can be different or set apart from the world.

It’s hard to consistently be truthful when telling others what they don’t want to hear but we must speak the truth knowing that God holds the future in His hands. To have strong faith, positive actions, and the determination to be steered by His principles.

We need to have the courage to be a little different. We all want to be liked, be popular, and looked up to but being a little different gives us the edge; like having that skill or thing that sets us apart from the norm.

This day with God, let us build faith on the great strengths that He gives each of us. Let us take on our fears head on by facing them one by one knowing that God has our back. Let us be patient as His mystery works things out in His precious time.

This day with You Lord, we need the Truth to stir a response today. There are those who are offended by the Truth and we ask for the courage to make known the Truth and the grace offered by You. We step ahead with confidence in doing what is right even if others are against us. We continue to offer Your grace to others and to be a courageous hero of our faith knowing that the future is in Your hands. Amen.

 

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Be Set Free

Show me Your ways, Lord, teach me Your paths. Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long. – Psalm 25:4-5.

The post “Building Integrity” points out that integrity doesn’t blow in the wind and vary to best meet our own desires. Integrity is there as a standard for us and it sets us free. Either we have it or we don’t. Our aim should be to become aware of mistakes, confess them, learn from them, and make the necessary adjustments so they do not happen again.

Like the song If We’re Honest by Francesca Battistelli points out, we build walls of doubt that we can’t get through but if we’re honest, there are things we can do. We can lay our doubt down at the cross and have faith in what we can be. For mercy is waiting on the other side and we can be set free. 


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Building Integrity

This day with God will be amazing because we are reading His Word which builds integrity in our life. We are more aware of mistakes made, we admit our wrongdoings, and make the necessary adjustments so they won’t happen again. Today, we as we read in Numbers 22, we note that Balak was king of Moab who wanted Balaam to put a curse on the Israelites. Balak was terrified of the Israelites because there numbers were great and their reputation of being a powerful force was growing after the defeat of the Amorites.

Balaam was a person who received hidden knowledge and would use occult power to grant blessings or put curses on people. He lived in Pethor near the Euphrates River and would charge a fee for his services. Balaam went wrong because he used his spiritual gifts to help the unrighteous. He would compromise his own standards of morality and truth, go against God, and accommodate his pagan friends for his own personal gain.

The take away for us is to use our spiritual gifts for God’s purposes. We need to listen to the Lord, do what He says, and be used for His great purpose. I remember one time when I was putting a chair together. I struggled because there was a missing part and everything didn’t line up. When things don’t line up, you don’t have a chance. It’s the same with our life plan. If it doesn’t fit with what God wants, it’s not going to work. Let us make sure our life plan lines up with what God has laid out and we are assured of a finished product of great usefulness.

Lord, in this prayer we are listening to You. Your plan for us is always greater and more beautiful than our own plan. Your standards are high and that is a good thing. You give us the Holy Spirit, grace, and power to help as we listen day by day to gain a life plan that You want us to have. Each day, we get prepared by studying Your Word, praying for direction, and living out the day with a sense of urgency. Amen.

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