Listen To Your Heart
Deuteronomy 30:11, 14 – “Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – God does not command anything that He does not put into our heart to be able to do. That is the reason that it is not too difficult or beyond our reach.
My Advice – Listen to your heart. God has put into it His desires. Follow those desires and you will always do what is right and just. Doing what is right and just will always be within your reach and will be easier than you think.
Watching Over You
Deuteronomy 2:7 – The Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He has watched over your journey through this vast desert. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you, and you have not lacked anything. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – No matter how difficult the circumstances (wandering in the desert) or how long they seem to linger (these forty years), the Lord continues to watch over us and to make sure we do not lack what we need. It may not seem like it at the time, but it is certain.
My Advice – You will undoubtedly encounter periods of “wandering in the desert” that may last for what seems to be an unbearable period of time. During these times remember: God is watching over you to make sure everything works out for the good.
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.
Timing & Patience & Faith – Oh My!
Numbers 11:23 – The Lord answered Moses, “Is the Lord’s arm too short?” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – We worry and fret. We whine and complain. How is God going to do this or take care of that? Do we really think that God is incapable or too distant to make all things work for the good?
My Advice – Never underestimate God’s ability and willingness to see you through the most challenging and frustrating of times. Where you may see impossibility, God sees not just possibility but certainty. It is just a matter of timing, patience and faith. Trust God. He will never disappoint.
Waiting For Instructions
Numbers 9:8 – Moses answered them, “Wait until I find out what the Lord commands concerning you.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – God wants to guide us and direct our steps. But we get in a hurry and get out in front of Him before He can clear the way for us. Or, we go in a direction that He never intended and we run into trouble that He would not have led us into if we waited.
My Advice – There will be many times in life that you will not want to wait. You will be eager to do this or that and grow impatient with inaction. But you will make fewer mistakes in life if you seek God’s will before rushing to judgment or action.
Our Family Album
Today, I am starting a new “mid-week” musing series, which will continue each Wednesday for a few weeks. It will be excerpts from a book I wrote in 2012 about our family experiences. Our story has been somewhat unique, although I guess when you think about it every family’s story is unique. At any rate, I wanted to share some insight into the backstory of my musings. Perhaps you will find it interesting. If not, you can always skips Wednesdays.
Introduction To The Brewer Family
Steven, Eileen, Joshua & Joel
Established November 22, 1975
Joshua 24:14-15 – “Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness…But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” (NIV 1984)
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