February 26, 2020: SOAP #3737: Numbers 17-18; Psalm 29; Mark 4
Scripture: Numbers (NIV) 17:5 The staff belonging to theman I choose will sprout, and I will rid myself of this constant grumblingagainst you by the Israelites.”
8 The next day Moses entered the Tent of the Testimony and saw that Aaron'sstaff, which represented the house of Levi, had not only sprouted but hadbudded, blossomed and produced almonds.
Observation: Toend the grumbling and arguing about who really had God's blessings to speak onHis behalf, God had leaders from each of the tribes bring their staffs to theTabernacle. The next morning Aaron'sstaff that had been cut off from a tree/bush in the wilderness expressed newlife! Amazingly, it had 'sprouted,budded, blossomed and produced almonds!!!' and all in one night! When Godwants to show His choice, He does not leave any question!
Application: God'sgreatest mark of approval is the expression of His Life! If I am looking for leaders, it is not theireducation, nor their talents, nor their resources for which I should look. The key question: Is the Life of God being expressed throughthem? If I want to be a leader, I need to value thelife of God within me and allow the Holy Spirit to demonstrate that Life throughme to those around me.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, fill me with your presence. May it not be hard for you to express yourlife through me. May expressions of yourlife be seen in my life every day. Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!