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Come Boldly

“Then came the daughters of Zelophehad, the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, of the families of Manasseh, the son of Joseph: and these are the names of his daughters; Mahlah, Noah, and Hoglah, and Milcah, and Tirzah.” Numbers 27:1

The daughters of Zelophehad had a problem and they approached Moses with it. Their father, Zelophehad, had died and he left daughters and not sons. This was a problem because the LAW said the inheritance of the land was passed on to the sons.

Yet these five daughters did not allow this LAW to stop them from presenting their case. They approached Moses, Eleazar the Priest, all the leaders and the congregation with their complaint by the door of the tabernacle.

Moses went to God with their complaint. God’s answer to Moses was that the five daughters had a just complaint and God changed the LAW. They were able to inherit the land and that they must marry into the family of their father’s brother’s sons in order to keep the allotted land in the Tribe of Manasseh.

Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and to find grace to help in time of need.”

Don’t sit there in anger and in despair wondering what to do and how to do it. God is willing to hear out our complaints (Psalms 102:1), our frustrations (Isaiah 14:3) and our petitions (Philippians 4:6)  like he did with Zelophehad five daughters. God heard them. Did you read that they brought their complaints to all by the DOOR of the tabernacle. Who is our DOOR? Jesus Christ!

Trust the process

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not to thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”  Proverbs 3:5-6

When I hear the words “Trust the process,” I think about what God said to me. Trusting the process is not an easy thing to do especially when there are bumps in the road. Let us go to the Book of Exodus when Moses appears on the scene and lets the children of Israel know that God is going to free them. When they heard that God had not forgotten them, they begin to worship him. They had to go through a process to be freed. It was not always a pleasant one because they had to come up against Pharoah. God had warned Moses that Pharoah was not going to make this easy task for them, but God said He would smite Egypt with a mighty hand with all his wonders and Pharoah will let them go.

God show his wonders to the Egypt with a mighty hand and the last wonder was the death of Egypt’s firstborn. Pharoah’s firstborn died and he had no other choice but to free them. You would had thought that was the end with Pharoah, but his heart was hardened and he followed hard after the children of Israel.  When they saw Pharoah and his armies were after them, their hearts became faint and they started complaining to Moses about dying in the wilderness. Moses had to tell the people to stop be afraid and see the deliverance of the Lord. Isn’t that like us? God begin to show his hand to us of his blessings that he has in stored for us and when trouble comes we start looking back from where we started. We start complaining and thinking that maybe it was better where we was before starting this journey.

Change can be difficult to maneuver and it can be scary because you don’t know what to expect. Fear will cloud your vision and make you feel that you’re going to fail. God will show you the ending, but you don’t see the road you have to maneuver through to get there. Then He says, “Trust the process.”

Process means a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end. (Oxford Living Dictionaries)

For children of Israel to get where they needed to go, there was a process that they had to go through. For them to get to the Promise Land should had taken two weeks to travel there, but because of their attitude, it took them forty long years.

We have to trust God even though it may be uncomfortable or it might even be painful. What is trusting God? Having the assurance of knowing that God is in control and he knows what is best for us.

“For I know the plans I have for you, ” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)

 

Hold your peace

The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace. Exodus 14:14

Moses and the Israelites were at the Red Sea and Pharoah’s army were behind them.  They had nowhere to go.  God had order their steps to go this route because they were not mentally prepared to fight other nations to get to the Promised Land.  Even now they were very afraid and started complaining to Moses that it was better for them to be slaves of the Egyptians then to die in the wilderness.  One thing they did do right is they begin to cry out to God.  God allows “Red Sea” trials in our lives to teach us how to depend on Him.  Too many times we want to depend on our own might and our own knowledge to fix adverse situations in our lives, but we usually make a mess of it.  God wants to teach us how to obey Him and how to follow His lead.  This is the time not to become fearful in adversity, but be still and see His deliverance.  How do we  be still, by keeping our focus on Him and holding our peace. He will fight for us.  The battle is not ours, but the Lord’s.