Tuesday, April 20, 2010

It all Depends

Have you ever faced an extremely tough situation? Maybe you are facing a hard circumstance right now? Maybe your boss is making it so hard for you at work, it's hard to show up everyday. Maybe your spouse isn't showing the appreciation or support you really desire. Maybe the stress of trying to pay all of your bills and stay afloat is weighing heavily on your shoulders. Maybe you have lost or are in the process of losing a loved one as you read.

Whatever the situation we face, the results of our lives often depend on our response!
Numbers 20 reveals this amazing principle on the significance of our response. You have to understand that Israel was no stranger to the power and miraculous hand of God. They witnessed the plagues God brought against Egypt so Israel would be set free from slavery. They witnessed God open up the Red Sea so they could walk through on dry ground. They witnessed God provide manna in the desert and quail when they complained about more options.

Yet in Numbers 20 they are in the dry desert, hot and thirsty without any water. However, instead of responding in faith and with confidence in a God who has been taking care of them they respond with negativity, complaining, and quarreling.

This is in great contrast to how Moses and Aaron respond. Numbers 20:6 says Moses and Aaron went from the assembly to the entrance of the Tent of Meeting and fell facedown and the glory of the Lord appeared to them. Every time Israel faced a tough situation they complained and got negative. Every time Moses and Aaron faced a tough situation they fell facedown and sought the face of God!

No matter what siutation you face today or in the near future you have two choices...to complain and become negative or to seek God. If you complain and become negative it will only feed your fears, unbelief, discouragmeent and anger. If you seek the face of God you will receeive strength, peace, hope, direction and most of all God's presence. Let's choose to run to God and trust in Him with every situation. We will be glad we did.

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