As our church journeys on this adventure of reading through the entire Bible in one year, I have been so encouraged by the excitement and growth of our church family. While not everybody is able to do all the readings every day, most seem to be participating at some level. Many a person has mentioned how much they are getting out of this, and how much better it is to do this type of a journey as a group. It’s not too late to join in. Print off a copy of our Bible Reading Plan, and do the readings at home during the week. Then, join us at 9:00 on Sunday mornings for Bible Class discussion on the readings you did, followed by 10:10 worship and a preview of the readings that you will be doing the coming week. I think you will find it to be a very meaningful journey as the story of the Bible comes alive in your life.
So many things have already jumped off the pages of Scripture and spoken to my heart, but I’d like to share one that seems especially appropriate.
Our Bible journey right now has us in the time when God (through Moses) led the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. For 40 years they would wander in the desert before finally being allowed to enter into the promised land. During that time, God literally lived among them in the tabernacle (tent) that they had built for him in the center of the camp. His presence was made known by a cloud that covered the tabernacle by day, which looked like a pillar of fire over the tabernacle by night. When God wanted them to pick up camp and move, the cloud would lift up from the tabernacle and move ahead of them. Where he wanted them to stop, it would settle down over the tabernacle. In the book of Numbers 9:23, it shares these words: “At the Lord’s command they encamped, and at the Lord’s command they set out.”
What a beautiful picture of being led by God! Every morning they would get up and look to the tabernacle to see if on that day God wanted them to stay or go. In every sense of the word, God was their leader, and their job was to simply obey and follow wherever He would lead.
Oh, that we would live our lives that way! Teach us, God, to look to you for all things. You are our provider, our guide, our compass, our map, our leader, our King.
Two things that I’d like to share with you that speak to that truth. First is a song called Where You Go I’ll Go
Second, is a quote I have at the front of my Bible from when I was a teenager. It was written by a missionary to China named Betty Scott Stamm who was beheaded by Chinese communists shortly after she wrote these words. Her words profoundly touched me as a young man, and I’d like to share them with you.
Lord, I give up my own plans and purposes, all my own desires and hopes, and accept your will for my life. I give myself, my life, my all, utterly to you, to be yours forever. Fill me and seal me with your Holy Spirit. Use me as you will. Send me where you will. Work out your whole will in my life at any cost, both now and forever.
May you be led by God this day.