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Lord, Help Me to Respect Your Leaders–Numbers 16:11

Today’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 16:1-18:32

Heavenly Father, as I read the rebellious words that Korah, the Levite and his friends from the tribe of Reuben spoke to Moses and Aaron I cringed at their nerve.

They united against Moses and Aaron and said, “You have gone too far! The whole community of Israel has been set apart by the Lord, and he is with all of us. What right do you have to act as though you are greater than the rest of the Lord’s people?” —Numbers 16:3

Lord, are Your people guilty of rebellion against Your chosen leaders in today’s world?

I’m afraid so.  It’s so easy to read this story and think, “How dumb can you get?”  “Who in their right mind would question Moses and Aaron’s special anointing?”

But don’t we do the same things Sunday after Sunday. On the drive home for church or over lunch we pick apart our pastor’s…

  • Message
  • Delivery
  • Choice of clothing
  • Hair style
  • Length of sermon

Lord, help us to understand that when we criticize our spiritual leaders we’re really criticizing You.

Moses said to Korah: The Lord is the one you and your followers are really revolting against! —Numbers 16:11

God, help us to realize how much You despise disrespect of Your chosen ones.

He had hardly finished speaking the words when the ground suddenly split open beneath them. The earth opened its mouth and swallowed the men, along with their households and all their followers who were standing with them, and everything they owned. So they went down alive into the grave, along with all their belongings. The earth closed over them, and they all vanished from among the people of Israel. —Numbers 16:31-33

Holy Spirit, show us our areas of rebellion. Convict us when we gossip, complain, and act in ways that aren’t pleasing to You.  Stirring up trouble and sowing discord are definitely sinful acts.

Lord, forgive us and help us to repent and change our ways.

Lord, help us to realize respecting our spiritual leaders is respecting You and that Your leaders are accountable to You and You will deal with them.

We trust Your judgment Lord.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’ Scripture Reading: Numbers 19:1-21:35

Lord, Forgive Me When I Whine–Numbers 11:10

Today’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 11:1-13:33

Heavenly Father, sometimes I whine and complain; just like the Israelites.  Please forgive me.  I know You see my whining as a lack of trust.  EVERY TIME I gripe, complain and whine about my circumstances, You hear it and you are offended by it.

Moses heard all the families standing in the doorways of their tents whining, and the Lord became extremely angry. Moses was also very aggravated. —Numbers 11:10

Lord, I know it’s okay to talk to You about anything that concerns me.  Moses came before You voiced his frustrations about the Israelites and sometimes You voiced Your complaints as well (Exodus 32:7-9).

But it seems that it’s the whining about…

  • Your will
  • Your provision
  • Your plans
  • Your ways

…to other people, that is displeasing to You.

It’s like we’re advertising our lack of trust.  It’s definitely not a way to reach the lost and hurting of the world. I sort of like gossiping or talk about You rather than to You.

Holy Spirit, convict me of my whining, gossiping and complaining.  Remind me to go to Jesus when I don’t understand.  Change my heart oh Lord!  Give me a heart that trusts You!  Make me like You, Jesus!

In Your Holy Name!  Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 14:1-15:41

Lord, Please Bless and Protect Me–Numbers 6:22-27

Today’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 6:1-27; Numbers 10:1-36

Heavenly Father, I want Your special blessings, but sometimes I just don’t know how to pray.  Thank you for including prayers of blessings in Your Word.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons to bless the people of Israel with this special blessing:                             ‘May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.’Whenever Aaron and his sons bless the people of Israel in my name, I myself will bless them.” Numbers 6:22-27

Jesus, the Israelites could only receive this blessing when Aaron or his sons spoke it over them, but because of what You did for us on the cross of Calvary, Your followers are royal priests; we can speak this blessing over ourselves and our household. Lord, once again  remind us that we are your chosen people, your royal priests:

But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9

Lord, bless me and protect me.  Lord, smile on me and be gracious to me today.  Lord, show me Your favor and give me Your peace today.

(Insert the names on your prayer list in the me space)

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 11:1-13:33

Lord, Help Me to Carry the Loads of Those Who are Hurting—Numbers 4:31-33

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 4:1-5:31

Heavenly Father, I wonder if the Merarites were disappointed when they were given their “special purpose”?

As we’ve learned in Exodus, the Levites were chosen by God to take care of the Tabernacle.  Today we saw the Lord hand out duties for the different divisions of the Levites. All the Merarites who were between the ages of 30 and 50 and eligible had one duty…one job…one ministry:

Their only duty at the Tabernacle will be to carry loads. They will carry the frames of the Tabernacle, the crossbars, the posts, and the bases; also the posts for the courtyard walls with their bases, pegs, and ropes; and all the accessories and everything else related to their use. Assign the various loads to each man by name.  So these are the duties of the Merarite clans at the Tabernacle. They are directly responsible to Ithamar son of Aaron the priest.” Numbers 4:31-33  (Emphasis mine)

Lord, what if Your special purpose for my life is to carry loads?

Not like the Merarites, who carried the pieces of the Tabernacle but carrying the loads of the hurting, lost, orphaned, or widowed of our families, churches, communities or world.

It took strong backs for the Merarites to hand-carry the Tabernacle each time God said, “It’s time to pack up and move.”

What does it take to carry the loads of the lost, hurting, orphaned, or widowed?

Lord, You asked me some tough questions as I read today’s scriptures:

  • Dianne, are you willing to carry the loads of the hurting?
  • Are you willing to suffer so that you can truly understand the pain of others?
  • Are you willing to walk a hard road so that your experiences will help someone who literally wouldn’t survive without you?
  • Is another person worth that much to you?

Father, these are very hard questions.  Lord, I’m glad You are carrying out Your plans and purposes for my life without asking my permission. I most likely would have said, “No” to the hard times in my life, if I were given a choice. I’m just not that self-sacrificing.

Jesus,  You know who needs a word of encouragement, a hot meal, some groceries, their house cleaned, a ride to the doctor, a real friend…the list could go on and on.

Heavenly Father, I want to carry the loads of those who are suffering.  Use the pain of my past to give others hope. Touch my heart.  Make me willing.  Give me eyes to see what You see!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:Numbers 6:1-27, Numbers 10:1-36

Lord, Thank You for Substitutes—Numbers 3:11

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 2:1-3:51

Heavenly Father, as we move from Leviticus to Numbers, I am amazed at Your attention to detail! How can I question Your concern about the daily “goings-on” in my life when all through Your Word You are the God of order. You are in the details of our daily life.

Lord, when You gave the instructions for the first Passover it sounded like a way to get Pharaoh’s attention, rescue Your chosen people and make a way for them to remember the rescue forever, but it was much more.

On that first Passover a lamb had to be sacrificed so that each Israelite family’s first-born son would be redeemed. On that day God forever set apart the first-born of Israel and declared they were His:

And the Lord said to Moses, “Look, I have chosen the Levites from among the Israelites to serve as substitutes for all the firstborn sons of the people of Israel. The Levites belong to me,for all the firstborn males are mine. On the day I struck down all the firstborn sons of the Egyptians, I set apart for myself all the firstborn in Israel, both of people and of animals. They are mine; I am the Lord.”   —Numbers 3:11-13

In today’s reading the Levites became the substitutes for each first-born male. This clan would carry this responsibility for many years but not forever. Our forever-substitute was a once-in-for-all, it is finished, God made a way where there was no way kind of substitute—Jesus, the Son of the One, True God. Our Savior, Redeemer, the spotless lamb, our high priest! Father, I am in awe of You! I am in awe of the way You made a way of escape!

Jesus, thank you for being my substitute!

 

In Your mighty Name!

Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 4:1-5:31

Lord, Show Me What Belongs to You–Leviticus 27:30-32


 

Today’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 27:1-34; Numbers 1:1-54

Heavenly Father, in Leviticus 27:30-32 you told the Israelites what belonged to You.

One tenth of the produce of the land, whether grain from the fields or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord and must be set apart to him as holy.  If you want to buy back the Lord’s tenth of the grain or fruit, you must pay its value, plus 20 percent.  Count off every tenth animal from your herds and flocks and set them apart for the Lord as holy.

Lord, in today’s world possessions and “stuff” can sometimes seem like the golden calves of the Israelites days.  We don’t “see” You in our daily lives so we begin to worship the tangible, material things.

Jesus, help me to realize everything we have belongs to You.  Help me to hold onto my possessions loosely.  Help me to ask You each day what I’m to give away and what I’m to keep.

Holy Spirit, anoint me with a spirit of generosity.  I want to be the hands of God.  Use me to bless someone today.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 2:1-3:51

Lord, I Want to be Able to “Sleep With No Cause to Fear” Leviticus 26:6

Today’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 25:24-26:46

Heavenly Father, what an amazing promise You made to the Israelites:

I will give you peace in the land, and you will be able to sleep with no cause for fear. I will rid the land of wild animals and keep your enemies out of your land. —Leviticus 26:6

Lord, fear and sleeplessness seem to go hand in hand. Statistics vary, but many say that almost 50% of all adults in America have trouble sleeping.

Heavenly Father, is Your promise in Leviticus 26:6 for today?

I believe it is.  Our problem is we want Your promises but we don’t want Your conditions.

Do the conditions You required of the Israelites to live in peace and have sweet sleep pertain to us today?

  1. Do not make idols or set up carved images, or sacred pillars, or sculptured stones in your land so you may worship them. I am the Lord your God.
  2. You must keep my Sabbath days of rest and show reverence for my sanctuary. I am the Lord. —Leviticus 26:1-2

If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands, I will… Leviticus 26:3

Lord, many would read these conditions and say, “That’s the Old Testament, that’s not for today.”  Yes, Jesus You came to release us from the Law, but many of the requirements our Heavenly Father gave us in the Law were practical things that are still true today.  After all, You made our bodies, You made our minds.  You know what makes them work best. Our salvation may not be dependent upon it but these guidelines could be the missing link to our physical well-being and peace.

  1. Putting God first in our lives, trusting Him with our future, and believing He is in total control of the world in which we live brings peace.
  2. Taking time each week to unplug and unwind, and get away from the stress of the world makes for better sleep.

Lord, help us to see Your Word as the operator’s manual for the human body.  Holy Spirit, draw us to it daily.  Help us to see every word as valuable, even the details of Leviticus.  Teach us how to live in peace and have sweet sleep.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 27:1-34; Numbers 1:1-54

Lord, Teach Me to Rest–Leviticus 23:3

Today’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 23:1-25:23

Heavenly Father, rest is so important to You.  You made us and You know our physical bodies need times of complete rest to be healthy and pleasing to You.

“You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of complete rest, an official day for holy assembly. It is the Lord’s Sabbath day, and it must be observed wherever you live.” Leviticus 23:3

Lord, why is it so hard for me to rest?  What does rest look like in the 21st century?

I don’t think rest is watching T.V. or staring at a computer screen.  Today’s world is so tired yet we spend many hours each day in activities that involve media.

Lord, what does rest look like to You?

Lord, You designed the Sabbath to be a day to relax, be with family, study, and reflect.  It was truly a gift. Help me to receive this gift.  Whether my day of Sabbath rest is on Saturday, Sunday, or a day during the week help me to be intentional is pulling away from the cares of the world.

Holy Spirit speak to me and teach me how to rest in a way that’s pleasing to You!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 25:24-26:46

Lord, I Want to be Set Apart to be Your Very Own–Leviticus 20:26


 

Today’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 20:1-22:33

Heavenly Father, Your requirements for priests to be set apart were almost impossible to remember much less attain.  Father, if You were to hold me to that standard today, I’m sure I would be thrown out of the camp or killed!

You must be holy because I, the Lord, am holy. I have set you apart from all other people to be my very own. —Leviticus 20:26

But because of the amazing gift You gave us, Your Son; because of Jesus, all Christians are priests.  All Christians are called to “set apart.”

…you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. —1 Peter 2:9

Lord, forgive me.

Most of the time I don’t act like a royal priest, chosen by God.

Forgive me for taking the fact that You called me out of darkness for granted.

Forgive me for taking Your grace for granted.

Forgive me for trying to live as close to the world as I can and still make heaven

instead of

trying to live as close to You as I can and still function in this world.

Lord, in today’s reading You said over and over, “I am the Lord who makes them holy.”  Father, make me holy.  Set me a part from the things of this world and make me like You, so that I can help others “Know You More.”

Father, thank You for choosing me!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 23:1-25:23

Lord, What Do Think of My Choices? –Leviticus 18:1-3

 

Today’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 17:1-19:37

Heavenly Father, as I read about the many ways in which the Israelites could become defiled, I thought what does that word really mean?

Dictionary.com agrees with the biblical meaning of the word defiled:

  1. To make foul, dirty, or unclean; pollute; taint; debased.
  2. To violate the chastity of.
  3. To make impure for ceremonial use; desecrate.

Lord, many things in these two chapters of defilements are still seen as sinful acts by today’s Christ followers, but there are several things that we wouldn’t think twice about; like trimming the hair on our temples or trimming our beards (Leviticus 19:27).

Heavenly Father, what do You think about our choices?

Lord, it would be so easy to talk about the sinfulness of our country, celebrities, or next-door neighbors and then we could be off the hook.

But, that’s not what our prayer journey is about.  This year we’re focusing on ourselves and our lives as it relates to Your Word.

So Lord…

What do You see in me?

What do You think about my choices?

What areas in my life seem foul, dirty, unclean, or in violation of the chastity You expect from Your children?

In my humanness I want to say, “We don’t have to live by the Levitical law!”  While that is thankfully true, I still believe we are called to live a life that is pleasing to You Lord, a life that’s not defiled.

Holy Spirit, speak to us.  Show us the areas in our lives that need some work.  We want to be pure in Your eyes.  Jesus, make us like you!  Help us to have a clean heart (Psalm 51:10).

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 20:1-22:33

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