Archive for September, 2012

What We Want vs. What We Need

I have thought quite a bit about what it is that I want vs. what I need. There is a big difference in these two. I want to have wonderful dinners every night, the latest in electronic gizmos, a newer car and a really nice house. I need enough food to sustain me in the things that I do. I need a vehicle to get me and my family to church, jobs, the store and family gatherings. I need shelter over my head with a bed to sleep in.

We get so caught up in what the neighbor has that we forget what we need, what we need to make it through the day. Just because it seems like everyone else has the things that we want, doesn’t mean that is what we need. I was reading Exodus chapter 16 tonight and it was speaking to me about having enough for my everyday life and being happy with it. You see, the Isrealites were on thier exodus from Egypt and Moses led them into a desert where they began to get frustrated because they didn’t have food to eat and thought it might be better to go back to Egypt because at least there they were able to eat meat in the evening and bread in the morning.

God decides to give them when they need. He allows them to harvest manna every morning, but just enough for that day. They needed to trust that God would supply them with more brwad the next morning and the morning after that. Then on the 6th day, God would send them enough for two days so they may observe the sabboth. Even with this wonderful promise from God, the people still did not trust Him and they tried to save some of thier bread from the previous day. They found, however, the next day the bread had spoiled. Why couldn’t they trust God? Why can’t we trust Him sometimes. .

He said that He would provide eveything we would need for our lives if we would just trust Him. So lets trust God to supply everything we need, not everything we want. It is unrealistic to expect God to give us that new 90″ flat panel tv, but He will supply us with all we need for the days ahead of us and seeing what is coming, I can only trust that He will supply everything my family and I need.

Sometimes There Are Reasons!

So we feel that we have been called to do something, take on a special project, begin donating time to a worthy cause, begin a new career or anything else you may be thinking of. But there always seems to be a roadblock in the way. Why would we feel called to start this new adventure if there were all of these setbacks? Should we forget it, throw in the towel, waive the white flag and give up? I don’t think so.

This came to mind as I was ready about Moses’ task of getting Pharoah to let God’s people go (“Huh, ya, ya, ya, ya, ya, ya” for those who know the song), and God told Moses he was going to harden the Pharoah’s heart so that he could show his power. Then came the plagues, snakes, blood, frogs, flies, locusts, darkness and firstborn sons perishing. If Pharoah let the Isrealites go after Moses and Aaron’s staff turned into a snake, God wouldn’t have been able to show his awesome power to not only Pharoah and the Egyptians, but also to all of the Isrealites who needed to follow Him and even fear Him. God was able to use some of these bad things to bring out the good in others.

So if you are feeling like the doors keep closing and the path keeps changing, stay true, stand firm and watch God work in your life. He is always in control.

Ordinary Men, Extraordinary Calling!

So I now begin my journey through Exodus, beginning with the story of Moses. I know that I’ve heard the story many times, even watched some movies about it. But I now see different parts of the story.

Moses was a normal guy, didn’t speak well, one could say that he didn’t even think that much of himself. He questioned himself at the burning bush by saying to God, “Who am I, that I should go?” Then he followed it with questions or dare I say, excuses as to why he shouldn’t go to Pharoah and ask him to set the Isrealites free. He was looking for a way out, but God didn’t allow it. He wanted Moses to go to Egypt and God knew he was the one for the job.

Everyday, I find myself thinking the same thing. Who am I to do all these things that God has called me to do? How can I, a mere person of the middle class, working week to week to make ends meet, striving to find that extra 2 hours in the day (thanks dad!) that doesn’t seem to be there, be a person that matters to this world? Why would they listen to me? What could I have that is so important to say that people would want to listen to me. Am I to lead people into battle for the Lord? How? When?

It’s just as it was when Moses was called. God says “I will be with you.” He will be with us wherever we go, whomever we meet or whenever we need him. He will be there. Trust in his Word, trust in His promise. God has called me, and He has called you too. Trust Him and go into this world and lead the people out of thier bondage. Lead them to a life of salvation, a life with a relationship with Jesus Christ!