25 He chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin. – Hebrews 11:25
Every day, we make choices about the things in our lives. A lot of those decisions are almost robotic or habitual. We do this at this time because we always have. Some decisions require us to actually consciously think about them before we decide what to do. Every now and then, we have what we refer to as “big” decisions. These are the things that affect our lives today and in the future. Some of those decisions will be irreversible and affect all the people in our circles of influence whether we want them to or not. Some of us will be given opportunities to make world-changing decisions, maybe all of us. Do you think Moses had any idea that his decision that day was a world changer? To him at that time, it was probably a small decision that only affected the lives of a few people. But, consider this, “what if” Moses had not made the decision he made. “What if”, he had decided that he liked the riches and the glory of Egypt more than his people, what would have happened? Reminisce with me today. Let’s think back over our lives, how many “what if” times have we had? How many times has God given us opportunities to change our little corner of the world and we made the wrong decision? The next person the Holy Spirit nudges us to witness to could be God’s choice to be the Moses or the Billy Graham of the next generation. “What if” we don’t follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and talk to that person about salvation? Today, let’s make a renewed commitment to be faithful in following the leadership of the Holy Spirit and encourage those around us. Let’s be faithful in the “little” things because “what if” there aren’t really any “little” things in our lives? Now is “the time” and where you are is “the place” to make that “big” decision!
14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” — Esther 4:14 NIV
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” – Anonymous
44 These were the men counted by Moses and Aaron and the twelve leaders of Israel, each one representing his family. 45 All the Israelites twenty years old or more who were able to serve in Israel’s army were counted according to their families. 46 The total number was 603,550. 47 The ancestral tribe of the Levites, however, was not counted along with the others. 48 The Lord had said to Moses: 49 “You must not count the tribe of Levi or include them in the census of the other Israelites — Numbers 1:44-49 NIV
When reading the Bible, I always find Numbers a hard book to get through and not just because of the names that are hard to pronounce but also because of all the numbers. But the upside of Numbers for me is that when I need encouragement about how big my God is, I can read a few verses from Numbers and realize how great and majestic my God is. The number above, 603,550, is a fact and it does not include the tribe of the Levites or any women. It does not include any males less than twenty or older than 50/60. So, it is very easy to see that there was well over a million people on this camping trip. Some estimates go as high as 3,500,000. Even if we take the low end, just imagine the logistics, the materials and the food supplies needed for the journey. Imagine taking all the population of Albuquerque, NM and leading them on foot through the desert past Gallup, NM. You have got to lead them, feed them and keep them clothed. If my God can do this and He did, then He can take care of me. It is puzzling to me that I can trust God with my soul for eternity but not for tomorrow’s lunch. So, once aain, I must make the same request the apostles made:
5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” — Luke 17:5 NIV
And He is always faithful to do exactly that!