Today’s Reading: Numbers 33-36
Today’s Reflection: Numbers 33:1-2
1) These are the stages of the people of Israel, when they went out of the land of Egypt by their companies under the leadership of Moses and Aaron. 2) Moses wrote down their starting places, stage by stage, by command of the LORD, and these are their stages according to their starting places.
Just before entering the Promised Land, Moses takes the time to go back and review the story of God’s deliverance from Israel and their journeying through the wilderness. It’s very telling that right on the verge of receiving the blessing they had waited so long for, right at the point of God bestowing the blessing He had intended for His people going all the way back to Abraham, God instructs His people to pause and consider their past.
God knows each of us has a story to tell, and that there is benefit in recounting these stories, or ‘testifying’ about what God has done in our lives. To be blessed and bless others with our testimonies we need to:
Remember: It shouldn’t be surprising that Moses called Israel to remember what God had done for them. As you may remember, the same people miraculously freed by God from bondage in Egypt were denying that same God and worshiping an idol just days later. People have shockingly short memories. We have to make a conscious effort to remember, and to continue to appreciate, what God has done for us.
Reflect: Though Numbers 33:5-49 just appears to be an itinerary of places, each of these locations had significance for the children of Israel because of the events that happened in each location. Miracles and plagues, rebellions and prophesying. Beyond remembering a physical journey, this recounted a journey to spiritual maturity for Israel. Likewise, our lives and histories may seem mundane, but as we take the time to reflect on the spiritual growth God has led us through, we can see our stories as the spirit-led adventures in living they truly are.
Record: The Word says ‘Moses wrote’. It was significant that Moses recorded the history of Israel both for the benefit of people in his time as well as for future generations—we ourselves are among those blessed by the writings of Moses. We should also record our ongoing experiences and relationship with God. Journaling is one of the best spiritual disciplines you can develop. At a time when you or someone you know needs encouragement you can go back to your journal and recount stories of prayers answered, miraculous provision, and deliverance.
Recount: Moses wrote these things to be read. There is no point having a testimony if you don’t testify. We should each be seeking opportunities to share what we have experienced with others. If you do you’ll probably find that God is leading you to people who will be blessed by what you have to share.
Finally, our testimony takes on real power when Jesus and His testimony becomes a part of it. Be sure to share the story of how His story has changed yours.
1 John 5:11 – And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.