Tuesday, February 28, 2017

"How Do You Know God is on Your Side?"

Numbers 16.28-30 World English Bible

“Moses said, ‘Hereby you shall know that Yahweh has sent me to do all these works; for I have not done them of my own mind.

‘If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; then Yahweh hasn’t sent me.

But if Yahweh make a new thing, and the ground open its mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain to them, and they go down alive into Sheol; then you shall understand that these men have despised Yahweh.’”

Sometimes things just fall into place. That’s when I know God is with me. He does a totally “new thing” in a distinctively un-Dave-like manner. Nothing I do will have eternal meaning unless the idea originates in the mind of God. If God plants the thought in my brain, fine. But if I devise a plan “of my own mind,” it will certainly fail, or at least fail to have eternal significance. 

God is a God of surprises. “If Yahweh make a new thing,” I can rest and be assured it’s a good thing, a thing I want to be a part of.

Korah rebelled against God, inventing a problem where none existed. He gathered 250 leaders and confronted Moses and his brother, Aaron, for no good reason. It was Korah’s thing, not God’s. Korah challenged God and His calling on these men…

“The whole community is holy, every one of them, and the LORD is
with them. Why then do you set yourselves above the LORD’s assembly?”
Numbers 16.3 NIV

In the face of opposition, Moses reaffirmed two simple truths:
  1. God’s calling of Moses was not from his “own mind.” It was God’s idea.
  2. God would do a “new thing” to confirm Moses’ leadership role.
The earth opened up and swallowed Korah and his followers. That was certainly a “new thing” confirming the validity of Moses’ call to leadership.


One Sided said...

Oh I like this post. I love your communication to the Lord.

So often we see what we want to see. SO often even with the scripture, knowing the voice of God and seeking His will, we over ride the direction of God.

In my house we found that the Lord confirms His direction in both my wife and I. When we come together and both have the same answer, we are headed in the right direction. That direction has frequently dumbfounded our friends and family, but oh what wonders and answers have been laid out before us. The second half of Luke 22:42 has been in my heart everytime I have the nerve to represent and present the Living Word.

Ned Merkel said...

What about those times of persecution? Paul faced a myriad of obsticals in trying to spread the faith. Things for him din't fall into place. In Athens it said he only converted a handful of people yet we know that eventualy Greece would become a Christain place.
How can we be realy sure that this is in God's will?

Dave's Bible Blog said...

Hi Larry,

Thanks for the posting. "...yet not my will but Yours be done". Yes, that is a great reminder.


Dave's Bible Blog said...

I agree with you Ned. It is not always the case that the way is clear and doors obviously open up to a person who is doing the will of the Lord. Persecution can actually a sign of God's approval, can't it?

Good observation, Brother.


maffy said...

I think we can feel in our gut when we're doing the right thing; I often use that as the barometer of what action to take.

Years ago, I led a sexual harrassment suit (multiple complainants) at a major media company because NOT doing something would have made me sick. I felt it in my gut. It took more courage than I knew I had to take on that assignment, but not doing it would have actually hurt me.

We ultimately won (we just wanted the guy fired even though we could have sued for a huge cash award), but what I witnessed in terms of true evil during that time was a real eye-opener. Men who I thought were my friends treated me with absolute loathing and hatred. What they didn't see was that I was making my small part of the world a better place for their daughters, wives, sisters.

They didn't see that, though. They only felt hate, and in that sense, I suppose God was telling me that I was doing the right thing. I was rocking a major boat that disrupted the power structure.

But how did I *know* I was doing the right thing? It was the feeling in my gut, pure and simple. I think we just have to stop and listen to our bodies, which is where God can speak to us.

Dave Scriven said...

I fully agree, Mary Ann. Sometimes we just know in our gut. The Holy Spirit will lead us in that place of "knowing". Thank you for sharing this episode from you life with me. It was a case when you had to actually pay a heavy price for doing what you knew you must.