Today’s Tasting: Numbers 3-4: These two chapters of Numbers describe in great detail the roles and responsibilities of the tribe of Levi with regard to caring for the temple and supporting Aaron and his sons, who were to be responsible for the priesthood according to the LORD (3:10). Prior to this, the commandment from God was that all the first-born sons of Israel were to belong to Him (Exodus 13:2); however, with the census of the Levites, God took the Levites as His own, taking the place of the first-born children of Israel (3:41).
Today’s Nourishment: How do you think it would be if God spelled out for us, like he did for the Levites, exactly what we were responsible for and exactly where we were to live?
When I thought about this question, my first response was to love the idea. One of the things I find myself saying when I am struggling with what to do is “I wish God would send me a neon sign.” This is my frustration showing—instead of being at peace with God’s timing I find myself frustrated and definitely not at peace. So, to have him spell it all out for me like he did the Levites sounds (at first thought) like an amazing thing.
However, when I give it a second—and third and fourth—thought I find that I much prefer the way things are now. I like the mystery of life. I like the excitement that comes from pondering the “what ifs.” I like knowing that my future is not determined according to the family line into which I was born. I like trusting in the fact that God’s plan for me is greater than anything I could possibly imagine.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)
So the next time you feel frustrated and find yourself asking for a “neon sign,” be grateful instead that you have a God who has plans for you that are greater than you can imagine!!
Tomorrow’s Delight: Numbers 5-6