Lessons learned for the Christian life.

Right Smack In The Middle

   Matthew 6:33
33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

   This verse has really come to life for me the last 3 months. My husband was laid off right before Christmas, cutting our income in half. This isn't the first time we have faced this in our 7 year marriage, but this is the first time that our needs were met without us having to borrow money. We were able to keep the bills current and food on the table, our tithes paid and enough gas in the car to get to our church <which is about an hour's drive from our house> There wasn't anything extra, we weren't able to get anything on our "want" list, but our needs were met.

   I am finding out that the Bible is not just a big book of old stories, the Word is living and it applies to you and it applies to me. If we take God's promises to heart and obey His instruction He will absolutely do as He has promised, even though those promises are not always what we think they should be they are always in line with His will for our lives and I am reminded that He only has plans for our good Jeremiah 29:11

   I am reading through the Bible this year, <day 42- this is the year for finishing things> I read today the first few chapters of the book of Numbers, which in previous pursuits to read the Bible had proved boring. It is all about the attitude, I realized that God has instruction and applications planned for me every single time I pick up the scriptures and today was no exception. I read in Numbers 1-4 It is all about how the priests are to break down and move the Tabernacle. I had read it before but never caught what could be the most important application to my life. God, in His wisdom, instructed the Israelites to make camp around the tabernacle, where God dwelt. God was made the center of their entire lives, from the time they woke up and exited their tents until they went to bed each night, God was in the middle of their lives. 

   When you place something dead center, it touches everything on the outside edges because everything else revolves around the center. When we seek God first He becomes the very center of our focus our lives revolve around Him.  He touches every part of our lives.

   AHA!!! I get it Lord!

   Father thank you for revealing Yourself to me through Your word. Forgive me for ever thinking that the Bible was just a stuffy book of rules. I am putting You first God, front and center, touch every part of my life for Your glory.
In Jesus name, amen.


mcProdigal said...

I've been falling asleep the last few nights listening to Numbers (or maybe it was Leviticus) on my iPod. It's so easy to write this off as a prior covenant with God that has little relevance now but I know it's not true.

Okay, okay, I'll try again, don't scold me. :)

2/10/11, 8:31 AM  
Cherie said...

I've just read through that section, and it is hard to get bogged down in all that instruction, but as you found, there is always rich treasure buried within all that history.

2/10/11, 9:48 AM  
Ken said...

Great post. We so much need God at the center, but we keep trying to put something else there. Thank you for sharing.

2/10/11, 11:12 AM  

I much prefer God in the center of my life than at the top of a "list". People always say their priorities are "God first, husband 2nd, kids 3rd, work 4th, etc." but I never like to think of people or activities in my life in a hierarchy. I prefer to think of it just like you described...God in the center and everything in my life revolves around Him as He sees fit. There are times when my child comes before my hubby, or when I have to work and leave them to fend for themselves. As long as God is in the center, nothing ever gets "out of order" and everything stays in balance. I just don't think ordering our lives in list form makes a whole lot of sense, and according to how you said it "When God is in the center, He touches every part of our lives", that makes perfect sense! I do love this imagery! Thanks for pointing it out!

2/10/11, 12:23 PM  

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