Count The Cost
Numbers 22:18 – But Balaam answered them, “Even if Balak gave me his palace filled with silver and gold, I could not do anything great or small to go beyond the command of the Lord my God.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – No gain can compensate us for going against God’s will. That price is too high.
My Advice – There will be times that you will be tempted to do things that you know are not right, whether in your career or your personal life. The pay-offs may seem spectacular (possessions, power, position, prestige) and well worth the risk. They are not. Obedience, morality and staying true to your character, a child of God, is much more valuable.
Numbers 18:29 – You must present as the Lord’s portion the best and holiest of everything given to you. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – We tend to give God the leftovers and the hand-me-downs. We give to God after we’ve provided for ourselves, rather than giving to Him first. We do not give Him our best. We keep that for ourselves. God deserves better because He has given us everything that we have.
My Advice – God has blessed you with talent, intelligence and success. These will most likely result in material blessings as well. Never ever forget how these things came to be. Give to God from your first and best (talents and treasures). You will never be sorry and as strange as it may sound, you will never find that you gave away something you needed. God will continue to provide.
Consider The Possibilities
“If you don’t know where you’re going, you might end up some place else.” (Yogi Berra)
This is one of the many amusing quotes from Yogi Berra, who played Major League Baseball for 19 years with the New York Yankees. During his career, Yogi played on 10 World Series Championship teams, ending up as a MLB Hall of Famer. Despite some awe-inspiring stats, and being considered one of the best catchers in baseball history, he may be just as well known his for his less than polished use of English and his nonsensical quotes. Yet behind the comical quotes, often lies some wisdom, intentional or otherwise.
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Step 5 – Illuminated By The Word
Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119:105)
A: Discovering the Truth
We live in the information age, nearly to the point of information overload. Much of the information we receive we can clearly distinguish as false or not to be trusted, and we easily dismiss or discard it. Some of the information we receive seems to contradict what we have grown up believing, but so many others believe in and swear by it, sometimes with such great passion and credibility, that we can hardly see how it could be wrong. Still other information seems innocent and appealing, almost to the extent of “having a form of Godliness” and yet we wonder if it can be trusted. How then do we decide what is truth? Continue reading “Illuminated By The Word”
Numbers 14:41-45 – But Moses said, “Why are you disobeying the Lord’s command? This will not succeed!” Nevertheless, in their presumption they went up. Then the Amalekites attacked them and beat them down. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – In our arrogance, we often presume to know more than God. We are humbled when we find we do not. How much pain and sorrow could be avoided if we humbled ourselves before God at the outset?
My Advice – Do not stay when God says go and do not go when God says stay. There will be many times when God’s plans will not make sense to you. Those are the times you should step out on faith and do what He leads you to do. Do not presume that you know better. You never will.
Numbers 13:30 – Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – The people were looking at the obstacles and were fearful, discouraged and without hope. Caleb remembered what God had promised and where God was leading them and saw beyond the obstacles, because He believed God’s word was greater than the obstacles.
My Advice – Waiting is good when we do not know what God’s will is. But once we know what it is and that the time is right, we should follow His direction. Do this even when it looks risky or too hard. Do not be discouraged. Take possession. You can certainly do it if it is the Lord who is directing you.
Cain’t & Able: A Tale Of Two Siblings
“The Lord looked with favor on Abel…but on Cain…He did not look with favor.” (Genesis 4:4a and 5a, NIV)
In many respects, the imagery created by Charles Dickens in the opening lines of his book A Tale of Two Cities is similar to the images one might expect as they consider the lives of our two sons – lives of marked contrast.
He was the best of sons, he was the worst of sons, his was an age of wisdom, his was an age of foolishness, his was an epoch of belief, his was an epoch of incredulity, his life a spring of hope, his life a winter of despair, he had everything before him, he had nothing before him. Continue reading “Cain’t & Able – In The Beginning”