Thursday, February 20, 2014

Numbers 34-36

In Numbers 34-36 God is making the final arrangements with Moses to distribute the Promise Land among the twelve tribes of Israel.  The Levites do not inherit land, but God sets aside 48 towns for them, including pasture land for their animals.  Nine and a half tribes settle on the west side of the Jordan, and the tribes of Reuben Gad, and part of the Manasseh tribe settle east of the Jordan across from Jericho.  God gives very clear boundaries for His people,  

“‘This will be your land, with its boundaries on every side.’”

Yes!  God is good and His promises are sure!  It has to feel so good to the Israelites to know that their leap of faith with God is paying off.  Through it all, the good (miracles), the bad (lots of traveling and hardships), and the ugly (wilderness for forty years), God is faithful to His people.  He is who He says He is.  He can be trusted.  God will always provide for His people through the ups and downs.  Faith in God leads to so many blessings, for the Israelites and for us.  

And that verse I pulled out (above) from today's readings brings to mind the fact that many of God's biggest blessings in my life do come with clear boundaries, for my own good.

Blessings and boundaries.  Hmmm.

Think through some of the biggest blessings in your own life.  What boundaries do you feel God has given you for those blessings? 

God's boundaries for us define our limits and, at least partially, part of His purpose for us.  God's boundaries put us exactly where He needs us at the moment.

God, on the other hand, does not have any boundaries.  His love, power, mercy, and grace are all limitless!

A prayer for today-

Dear God,

I thank You for all the blessings in my life.  I am especially thankful for ______________.

Lord, help me to appreciate my blessings and the power of Your presence every single day.  Guide me, Lord, to use my blessings to bless others.  Speak to my heart about who You need me to reach.

In the name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit I pray,

Love and peace,

*This post is part of A Mind-Maker-Upper's Everyday Reading Project.  Click here to read more

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