From the Assembly to Facedown

Everyone continues to say 2020 is unprecedented in so many ways, and yet if we look through history, we find that there is nothing new— the same struggles we face today are the same struggles that were faced years, decades, generations before. If you know history, you are able to see the similarities. As well, if you continue to dig into the Word of God, you will find His wisdom, His truth, and His love throughout the pages. The Truth of God, the Love of God, the Grace of God— there is no expiration date. God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow (Hebrews 13:8).

This morning, I read Numbers 20. Moses and Aaron were with the assembly of people. The people were grumbling; the people were complaining because of the lack of water. The people verbally vomited on Moses and Aaron. What did they do in response? They went from the group of people who were complaining about the struggles of the current day, and they went to God. They didn’t respond to the people right away. They didn’t join in the complaining or vomit right back on them. 

When I look around today, 2020, I see a lot of complaining, grumbling… a lot of people who are frustrated and upset with the current struggles of life. As Christians, we should respond in the same way as we see here in Scripture — leave the assembly, leave the grumbling group of people, and seek the face of God. Spend time with Him. Spend time in His Word and in prayer.

As we seek Him, we are better encouraged and equipped to respond in love. We are reminded of our blessings and can respond with worship thanksgiving. We are reminded we are not alone (Deuteronomy 31:6). We are reminded that we should be slow to speak and slow to become angry (James 1:19). We are reminded of the desires of God and what it means to be set apart, living for Jesus. We are reminded that we will not be shaken (Psalm 55:22). We are reminded that He has overcome (John 16:33).

Yes, there are times when we will leave our time with God and still mess up. Moses and Aaron did. Remember, all fall short (Romans 3:23). If we continue to make it a habit to first seek the Lord, to leave the assembly of the world and spend quiet time with Him, to seek Him above all else— He will give us all we need (Matthew 6:33). What does this mean? It means that as you seek Him, He gives you all you need to do what you are called to do (Philippians 4:19). He gives you what you need to not succumb to temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13). The more you spend time in His love and grace, the more you become love and grace to others.

“Then Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly to the doorway of the tent of meeting. They fell facedown, and the glory of the LORD appeared to them.” – Numbers 20:6 [CSB]

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