Friday, July 6, 2012

I'm afraid I won't be prepared for something that happens.

I don’t always come to a situation feeling prepared. In fact, it would be easier for me to list the times I have felt out of control. The list, however, would be incomplete like a statistic used to bring correlation where there is none. My feeling out of control has nothing to do with reality. What I know to be true, regardless of how I feel, is God prepares me, is preparing me, and has prepared me. It sounds a little like a grammar exercise.

Before we got married captain helped me get a job as a counselor at a youth home. No one can explain the intelligence of this for I have a soft heart and a na├»ve brain. Working there, however, gave me knowledge on how to control and calm down boys who truly were out of control. Spankings and time outs were not viable options. We were taught a variety of techniques that kept the boys and us safe, but I thought I would never use them again. The truth of the matter was it prepared me to deal with one of my own children years later. God allowed me to be in that place to prepare me for what would come.

Sometimes this thinking gets twisted in my little brain. I basically play the horrid “what if” game with everything that happens. I look to see what I am learning and ponder what it could possibly prepare me for. Those nightmares are better off left alone, and do NOT prepare me for my future. I have also had times where I pulled into myself with the warped thinking if God couldn’t prepare me then nothing bad would ever happen. What a foolish heart I have at times.

I can’t explain all the giants we have to face here on this earth. I don’t have an answer for much which occurs in this world. Sometimes I’m very fearful for what the future might hold, or even for what I know it holds. In those moments I have learned to turn back to God and trust His love for me. He prepares us, our path, and the works He has for us to do. He does not allow us to walk alone. His love will never leave us. Let us keep moving forward allowing God to do His work in us as we do what work He has for us. That’s how the giants are defeated.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The fear you wont be prepared.

The Lord said to Moses,
“Do not be afraid of him for I have handed him over to you,
with his whole army and his land.
Do to him what you did to Sihon king of the Amorites,
who reigned in Heshbon.”

Moses has not had to face many battles with the Israelites in the dessert. Most battles have been internal rebellions. The one time they had gone to war against another people it had been with the original Israelites. This was a new group. These men had all been under twenty when the group was turned back from the Jordan River the first time. Now they were coming upon the river again, but this time they had conflict.
  1. Edom had refused to allow them to pass across their land.
  2. Arad had attacked and captured some of the Israelites. They fought to retrieve their people.
  3. Sihon had refused to allow them to pass and came out to battle them.
  4. Og came out to battle the Israelites before they could request to pass through his land.

{Worthy of note, in Deuteronomy 3} Og is described as a Rephaite, which is similar to the Nephilim. While much about these two people groups is debated, one thing everyone agrees on is they were giants. In Deuteronomy Og’s bed is described as 13ft long and 6ft wide.

If you look at the battles the Israelites faced, they increasingly get harder. First they are simply rerouted but it takes more time. Then they have to go to war, but it’s to return their people. Following that, they have to go to war simply to get through. Then they have to face a giant.

Have you ever considered how God prepares us for things in our life? I feel this is what God was doing with the Israelites. He didn’t want them to turn back again, so he put resistance in their way; resistance that grew their courage, determination, and perseverance. When you have already defeated one giant, why be scared of more which are in your path? God reassured Moses that indeed he would defeat Og. The reason why was because God had predetermined it and spoke as it had already happened. Then he reminded Moses Og would be taken care of just like Sihon was, both because of the Lord. This was an important lesson for the Israelites to take to heart before they crossed the Jordan River.

Question 1: Do you ever fear God will give you something you can’t handle? I used to have a fear of the unknown, but I have learned God will indeed prepare me for what is coming. Even the most unexpected thing which happens is not unexpected to God. Can you let go of your fear of the unknown and trust God to be in control?

Question 2: Do you have giants in your path which need to be defeated? Can you devote the fight to God and let Him work through you? Some of those giants are big and scary, but He will be with you in the battle.

Dear Father
Thank you for walking before me on this journey
Thank you for holding me when I cannot walk
Help me to remember that you have prepared me
and what you would have me do
Sometimes the challenge seems great
But I praise Your Name
for you are Greater, Lord


Monday, July 2, 2012

Numbers 21:34

The Lord siad to Moses, "Do not be afraid of him, for I have handed him over to you, with his whole army and his land. Do to him what you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon." (NIV)
But the Lord said to Moses, Do not fear him, for I have delivered him and all his people and his land into your hand' and you shall do to him as you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt at Heshbon. (Amplified) 
God said to Moses, "Don't be afraid of him. I'm making a present of him to you, him and all his people and his land. Treat him the same as Sihon king of the Amorites who ruled in Heshbon." (The Message) 
But the Lord said to Moses, “Do not fear him, for I have given him into your hand, and all his people and his land; and you shall do to him as you did to Sihon, king of the Amorites, who lived at Heshbon.” (NASB)
he - Og king of Bashan

Deut 3:1-2
Next we turned and went up along the road toward Bashan, and Og king of Bashan with his whole army marched out to meet us in battle at Edrei. The Lord said to me, "Do not be afraid of him, for I have handed him over to you with his whole army and his land. Do to him what you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon."

Deut 3:11
(Only Og king of bashan was left of the remnant of the Rephaites. His bed was made of iron and was more than thirteen feet long and six feet wide. it is still in Rabbah of the Ammonites.)

Num 20:14-21 The Edomites refuse the Israelites to pass through their land.
Num 21:1-3 Canaanite king of Arad attacks Israel, Israel vows to the Lord, the Lord gives victory over this king and his people
Num 21:21-31 Sihon king of the Amorites refuses Israel to pass and marches out against them, the Lord gives victory over this king and his people
Num 21:32-35 Og king of Bashan marches out against Israel, the Lord gives victory over this king and his people

Battles of Moses and the Israelites in the dessert.
Note, the last reference should be Numbers 31:1-12

Deut 3:12-20 The land taken from Sihon and Og were given to the Reubenites/Gadites, and Manesseh.

Moses' fear

Moses and the Israelites have been turned back from the Jordan because of their fear. The men twenty and over from that experience have died and it is almost 40 years later. Miriam and Aaron have died. Moses is still the leader of the Israelites, who are still rebelling occasionally, and they are working their way back to the Jordan River across from Jericho. Back story can be found in the book of Exodus and Numbers leading up to Numbers 21:34. Moses is about to encounter Og, king of Bashan.



Moses stood with the Israelite army. Joshua and Caleb were to his side as they watched the oncoming group. This was not a welcoming committee, again. He made the request to be allowed to cross their land, but lately no one would allow them to do so. First Edom added miles and time to their trip, then Sihon came out and attacked them rather than let them pass. Now Moses’s shoulders dropped a little as he watched the leader of this army. There was no way he could be missed standing head and shoulders over the rest of his men.

The Lord said to Moses, “Do not be afraid of him, for I have handed him over to you, with his whole army and his land.”

“Oh, Lord, thank you. I thought I would be gone before the battles began. We haven’t even crossed the Jordan. This foe is the greatest we have faced.” Moses looked at his men. He wondered if they were thinking about the stories they had been told. How the Israelites had turned back forty years ago because of giants in the land. Yet, here they were facing one before they even crossed into the land they had been promised. “How are we to do this, Lord?”

“Do to him what you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon.”

Moses understood. This was needed for the people to gain confidence. In preparation of crossing the Jordan they needed to go to battle and learn when God was with them anything was possible. They received victory over Sihon’s army and took over their land. If God said they would do the same with Og all Moses could do was trust God’s word. “Men, as God did to Sihon, so He shall do with this king. Onward and take the land!”