Scripture: Numbers 15:17 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 18 Speak to the Israelites and say to them: After you come into the land to which I am bringing you, 19 whenever you eat of the bread of the land, you shall present a donation to the Lord. 20 From your first batch of dough you shall present a loaf as a donation; you shall present it just as you present a donation from the threshing floor. 21 Throughout your generations you shall give to the Lord a donation from the first of your batch of dough.
Observation: Here God the Father is giving directions to the people regarding offerings and sacrifices – before they enter the Promised Land. As one might expect of people who have been wandering in the wilderness for so many years, the people are agreeable. However, once the people inhabit the land for a few generations, their diligence in keeping the law and offerings/sacrifices wanes. And disobedience takes root.
Application: When we people are in desperate need, we’ll agree to most anything that provides relief. And when the Lord delivers us from our struggles and hardships, we are generally very thankful – for a while. But as the time of urgency passes, we can forget our commitments to God. We may get a bit lazy with our spiritual disciplines. We find other commitments begin taking priority over Sunday worship of the Lord. We get too busy for daily scripture reading and prayers. No time to participate in a Christian bible study or life group. Other financial commitments replace giving to the Lord.
And next thing you know, we can find ourselves far from God.
Question: Would you say you’ve recently been growing closer to God or further from God?
Prayer: Gracious Lord, we truly are grateful for your mercy and steadfast love. Give us grace to remember our commitments to you – not just in times of trouble, but in times of blessing. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.