Art class was over. She asked me if she could stay to finish making a friendship bracelet. I said no until I realized why she was asking. It was her friend’s birthday and she wanted to give the bracelet to her as a gift.
It gave me joy to let her stay.
I think God gets joy when we ask for things to give to our friends.
They spoke against God and Moses. Their consequence was death. Those still living confessed, “We have sinned; we spoke against the Lord and against you. Pray for us.” So Moses prayed and God told him how to help (from Numbers 21:5-9).
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life (John 3:14-15).
Sin, consequence and confession are part of every salvation story.
Miriam sang: “Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously (Exodus 15:21).”
Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses and the Lord heard it (from Numbers 12:1-2).
The tongue is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it with bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come both blessing and cursing (James 3:8-10).
My friends, this ought not to be.
Ask the Lord for skill and ability to do the work you, or someone you care about, is doing.
The Lord did that for the men who built the temple (see Exodus 36:1-2), and he can do it for you.
Long ago, the Lord met with his people at the mercy seat (from Exodus 25:17, 22).
When He meets with us, He still has mercy on his mind.
So should we.
“Have mercy on me, Lord; heal me, for I have sinned against you (Psalm 41:4).”
“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you,
but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses (Matthew 6:14-15).
If you want to be forgiven, you must forgive.
The Lord will fight for you,
and you have only to be silent.
And see the salvation of the Lord.
Joseph was unjustly imprisoned. The Lord didn’t change his situation. Instead, “The Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love (Genesis 39:21).”
The Lord’s steadfast love don’t always look as we think it will.
Remember that as you pray.
“O God, O Lord, I am not worthy of your steadfast love and faithfulness. Please deliver me (from Genesis 32:7-11).”
God delivered him. God can deliver you.