Have you ever been at a crossroad in life? It is those moments when you know that change is coming. You know God is getting ready to take you to the next place – and if you are honest, you are scared out of your mind. You can’t sleep, you can’t eat. Decisions are being made, and it seems like God is moving all around you, pushing you toward this moment. You look left and right, and know – you have a decision to make. This is where we join the nation of Israel in the book of Numbers. They don’t know what is coming, but God is lining things up for the moment when they hit the crossroads.
In Numbers chapter one, the children of Israel are preparing for their journey to the Promise Land. The law was given- and now they are ready to receive their marching orders. They know a battle is going to take place- because God begins to number the people, all the men of war.
Why is this numbering so important?
Well, God was taking a census of the people. God always knew how many of them there were- so the census, this inventory, was for them. God wanted them to know that they were prepared to face this battle. That He had grown them into a great people. Yes, they were still a small nation, moving on foot with all that they had – but they had the Lord. Thinking of where they came from – 12 sons and their families- and now they were a people that was a great nation.
When we are at the crossroads of life, often God gives us a time of reflection. God often gives us time to take inventory of our lives. We can look at our finances, our time, our gifts, our talents, our relationships – and we can see all the things that God has given us for the battle that is ahead. We need to take inventory of the places and things in our lives so that we might be able to do battle in the days ahead.
What crossroad am I facing? What do I need to evaluate and take order of?
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In Numbers chapter 2, we see that God requires obedience. In all that God commands us to do. Not just some. God gave very specific orders (our God is an organized! I love it! He likes order!) for where the people were to set up camp. It mattered to God where they slept! All of their tents were to face the place of meeting- the place where worship happened. The very place where he dwelt (remember, in the Old Testament God dwelt in the Tabernacle – now he dwells in us! We are His dwelling!) God requires obedience when He gives a command.
How often am I obeying God in all – not just the easy – not just the areas I want to obey – but in all?
Our crossroads often involve our ministry- and in Numbers 3 and 4, we see God giving very specific orders to the Levites. They were set apart- they were not a part of the original numbering. They were not to go to physical war- but they did the spiritual war that dealt with the Temple of the Living God. Their roles were highly esteemed by God.
Yet, as we read those roles, sometimes, they sound mundane. They seem tedious. How often does our life feel like that? Cooking dinner, doing dishes, changing diapers- it all can get a little mundane. Yet, there is no mundane in our lives – because we were appointed to this place. No matter where we are, this life station is for the Lord, just like the next. It is kingdom work.
Each and every one of us have a different ministry – and we all have one. If you have little people in your home- you have a ministry! If you have a husband in your home- you have a ministry! If you attend a local church- you have a ministry! Yet, too often, we take our eyes off of our race, off of the ministry that God has given us, and we covet the race and ministry of another sister.
Don’t covet her race. Don’t covet her ministry. There are trials in her race too.
God has given us each a path – it is marked out for us- and we need to run the race God has given us to run.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2 ESV)
We are all at a crossroad in our Christian faith. God doesn’t keep us in the same place very long. He keeps us moving to keep us growing. When you are at a crossroad, remember to take inventory, be obedient, and run your race.
Worshiping With My Life,