The other evening I was stretched out on my bed reading The Book of Numbers.
One begins reading, and immediately encounters that statement: “Then the Lord spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tent of meeting, on the first of the second month, in the second year after they had come out of Egypt…” As you read on you cannot help but notice that phrase occurs about 50 times in the Book… approximately 50 times in 40 years.
I am conscious that God approaches us in the Person of the Holy Spirit, in accordance with His promise in John 14, 15, 16, along with other portions of the Word. I am reminded often of my wife’s words—“God speaks to us through the Scriptures, He speaks to us through the Holy Spirit, and He speaks to us in giving opportunities and peace as we seek His will!” To these words we found agreement as to what, when, and where we ministered.
In the midst of the walk that Moses had with the Lord, we catch the phrase, “in the wilderness of Sinai”. God had spoken to Moses previously, but these experiences in “the wilderness of Sinai” continued throughout their forty years of trekking one day, one footstep at a time. Sometimes he had to go up the Mountain of Sinai to be refreshed and get new or renewed instructions. He needed a break from the pressures of leadership. I notice that he always came back with a glow on his face, except when he was greeted with a boisterous group of partiers worshiping a golden calf.
There is not a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ who has not been through a jaunt in the wilderness. Further, we have all encountered experiences of disappointment from ourselves or others, and need some refreshment from the Lord on a personal, “You and Me Lord!” basis. Who in the world are we listening to or for? He has something personal for our need or needs.
The Book of Numbers may seem somewhat boring as compared with the Book of Acts, or some other portion of Scripture. However, there are many “seed thoughts” just waiting for yours and my attention.
Always, until He welcomes us home in the Promised Land! Ted