Here are a few things that stood out for me from today's passage. The first thing that stood out for me was:
This baffles me. I can't imagine clothes lasting for 40 years. What about the children? We just recently replaced all of our son Kaden's pants because the ones we bought him in Fall are all too short. Maybe the lack of need to replace the adult clothing did not make finding clothing for the children such a burden? Maybe they just passed clothing around from the children that had already outgrown items? Maybe?? Whatever it was I think that it was a reminder that God took care of all their needs in a very real way.
I think we live in a society that encourages us to rely on our own abilities and strengths and ignore that those are gifts are given to us by God. To acknowledge that we didn't gain something on our own is so counter cultural.
I think what is also interesting is that the amount of time is the same for both Moses and for the left behind Israelites. Moses chose to use his time to humbly obey God and the Israelites used their time to move away from obedience to God and rely on themselves. It was the same amount of time with very different outcomes.
Moses again spent 40 days and 40 nights in humble pleading with God for the sinfulness of Aaron and the Israelites. It doesn't tell us but were the Israelites also bowing down for forgiveness at that time? I'm thinking they were not since it was Moses who destroyed the golden calf after his time pleading with God not to destroy them.
Everything can be restored. The stone tablets written by the hand of God. The commandments of instruction. The relationship of God with people. Everything can be like before. What a comfort to know that no matter what we break in our anger and in our stubbornness that through God it can all be restored. We have a new beginning and things can be as they once were.
It sounds simple.
Be like God.
But our habit for sin brings us back to the same old mistakes in no time at all. We forget how God takes care of us in big ways and small ways. We begin to think that our talents are the things that get us where we are. We turn from God and rely on ourselves. We serve ourselves and our selfish desires no matter what we know to be true. Old habits die hard. However, through Christ all things are restored....if we desire that and seek it.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Deuteronomy 11-13