Today’s Tasting: Numbers 7: Moses had set up the Tabernacle and all the furnishings. He anointed and consecrated the altar. For twelve days, the heads of the tribes of Israel brought specific numbers of offerings for use in the service of the Tabernacle. Moses and the leaders anointed the offerings for the altar.
“When Moses entered the Tent of Meeting to speak with God, he heard the Voice speaking to him from between the two angel-cherubim above the Atonement-Cover on the Chest of The Testimony. He spoke with him” (Numbers 7:89 MSG).
Today’s Nourishment: We are encouraged in scripture to talk with our Heavenly Father and to hear His voice. Some examples from scripture are the following verses:
“Jesus answered …‘My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me’” (John 10:29).
“Jesus said …, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’” (John 14:6 ESV).
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches” (Revelation 2:11 ESV).
“Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts … the word they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it” (see Hebrews 3:7, 15, and 4:2, 7).
“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17 ESV).
As we hear His voice, we see what our Heavenly Father is like. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, said that He came to display a picture of our Father in heaven. Since Jesus lives inside us by His Spirit, we have the same opportunity and privilege to display our Father in Heaven to others by the way we live. Our relationship and communication with our Heavenly Father is critical if we are to know who He is.
We hear the voice of God in various ways:
- Through reading the Word of God
- Through the “still small voice” that speaks to our spirits
- Through dreams and visions
- Through unction, or the anointing to speak
- Through impressions, a knowing inside ourselves
- Through the peace and comfort we get when we make the right decision
- Through the desires of our heart—a burning passion
- Through leaders and people of authority
When we are still and hear God, and mix His Word with our faith, His Word produces life in us. Two words are used in scripture for the Word: logos and rhema. Logos refers to the written Word as a whole, as well as the person of Jesus Christ (see John 1:1). Rhema refers to the Word that is given to us for our personal application. Have you ever had the Holy Spirit bring to mind a scripture that was exactly what you needed in that moment?
Make it a practice to spend time in quiet and ask the Lord to speak to you concerning a scripture passage or about something that’s on your mind. Keeping a journal of what happens when you do is a great way to grow in your faith.
Tomorrow’s Delight: Numbers 8-10
Carolyn Marlowe, CCLC