Wednesday, November 4, 2020

GOD AT THE CENTRE

Today’s Reading: Numbers 2

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion on the right-hand side).

 

At Timna Park, 20 miles north of Eilat, a life-sized replica of the Biblical Tabernacle has been constructed in the same area where the original Tabernacle may have stood. While no original materials (e.g., gold, silver, bronze) have been used in the replica, the model is accurate in every other way based upon the Biblical description.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verse: Numbers 2:17

And the tabernacle of meeting shall move out with the camp of the Levites in the middle of the camps; as they camp, so they shall move out, everyone in his place, by their standards.

 

What could’ve been a two-week journey became a forty-year time of testing, learning, rebelling, and finally conforming to God’s plan. We find parallels in our lives. Moses kept detailed records of people and events and was careful to journal all that happened. They had prepared for this while still in Egypt. Originally, the Children of Israel and Pharaoh thought this was to be just a camping trip for several days. Even if that had been the case, the logistics of moving over one million people required organizational genius. Their tents would’ve covered several square miles. What a sight it must have been. The Ark, the Tabernacle and the spiritual leaders were always at the centre. The way in which they were to travel and camp was a constant reminder that God was to occupy the central place in their lives.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I ask for Your help in organizing my life so that You are always at the centre. I desire You to be the focal point of my attention. Please grant me the grace to be conscious of Your presence 24/7. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

As long as I can remember, God was honoured daily in our family life. My mother and sisters read to me from Hurlbut’s Stories of the Bible for Children (click here for an online version). I prayed every evening before bed, “Now I lay me down to sleep…” During the years of the Second World War, when my Dad was away, Mother led in daily Bible reading and prayer at the breakfast table. Dad arrived home in time for Christmas of 1944 and took over those duties. I never questioned that God was at the centre of our lives. Mother died when I was 12, and Dad and I were home alone a lot that year. He soldiered on with the same pattern of life. He also made lumpy porridge, and I tried not to complain. I would see his Bible open at the place where he was reading for his private devotions when I arrived downstairs each morning. The importance I place on this daily blog had its roots back there, I’m sure. I told one of my grandsons recently, “David Shaheen, if you were the only one reading my blog, I would get up early every morning and do it just for you.”

Yours, for God at the centre,

David

P.S. David Shaheen’s Dad, Rev. Nizar Shaheen, covers the world with the message of Jesus Christ in the Arabic language several times each day on satellite to home dishes, over the air, and on social media. His wife, our daughter Ellen, works alongside him in the Light for All Nations ministry. HERE is their website.

27 thoughts on “Wednesday, November 4, 2020

  1. Thank you to the Mainse family for their faithfulness in serving our Lord. Thanking you in heaven, David–praying your prayer, this morning. Also continued prayers for God’s favour in the US election results, today. Holding Doreen, Irene and Ger up and that all the needs of fellow saints be blessed by our Heavenly Father. We are calling to You, God for help in this world. We are nothing without You but everything with You–our steadfast rock and anchor. We call to You. Amen.

    May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13 ESV 

    This is for SAH:
    Andrea Bocelli, Matteo Bocelli – Fall On Me
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChcR2gKt5WM

    • Beverlee, how did you manage to have that website. I tried it several times & I keep getting the message that it is not available!

    • Thank you Beverlee for posting this music. I played it through three times; Through the years I have listened to Andrea Bocelli whenever I could. And how special to hear him and his son, Matteo, sing together.

      Amen to your comments!

      Thank you for your prayer for me, it went well.

  2. Dear Lord God, You know all that’s going on in the world, in our families, and in our lives, so we commit all these things – burdens they are – to You, and ask You to help us be still and trust in You. In Jesus’s name, amen

  3. Thank you saints. Yes, I am in but still lots to do; the foot keeps buckling from the pinched nerves in my back and I fear it will snap; please keep me in your prayers. Holding you up still, Doreen.

    • Thank you Beverlee. Praying for you as well. Years ago, I knew a woman who had that problem and at a regular prayer meeting, a man prayed for those needing a touch from the Lord. She sat on the chair and before the prayer was finished, she felt a release and told him she felt the pain leave instantly. She is in her very senior years now and it has never been a problem since. May our Lord do the same for you (maybe as this worship song comes to mind),

      • It’s not that I don’t believe a person can be healed by the power and touch of the Holy Spirit. Praise God she was. She definitely did not have the same problem I have. I can guarantee you of that, Doreen. One day, when you read my book, you will understand. I already am a living walking miracle. God bless you for caring for me.

  4. Thank you Beverlee for your prayers. Will keep you in prayer. Thank God we can hold to His Word and there is always the hope of healing. Am feeling better and watching and praying for the US election. May God’s will be done and peace be maintained.

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