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March 5, 2020

Is God Calling You?

Moses said to the LORD, “May the LORD, the God who gives breath to all living things, appoint someone over this community to go out and come in before them, one who will lead them out and bring them in, so the LORD's people will not be like sheep without a shepherd.” (Numbers 27:15-17)

This particular prayer comes from Moses to God after just prior to the people going into the promised land and just after Moses has been informed by God he was not going to get to lead the people into the new land because of his own personal disobedience. Because of his great love for the people, Moses asks God to provide leadership to replace him.

There are two important things to take from this verse. One is evident, the other is not so much so, but I hope you will see shortly.

First, it's important that when we look for those to be put in leadership positions, we pray, asking God for direction. Our human nature tempts us to gravitate toward people based on how they look (size, physique, good looks), their money (are they rich?), or who their friends are (it's not what you know, it's who you know). Remember from the story of King David how the Lord had to re-direct Samuel's thinking regarding next king of Israel telling Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).

Moses’ desire is that the person who replaces him to have a heart for God, to be a man of God, someone who will look to follow God’s will in all he does. We need to be looking to God to provide the people He wants in leadership.

The second thing, which may not be so obvious, is that perhaps the individual people are asking God to serve is you. Are you asking God for His will for your life – without fear, without hesitation? Is God calling you to serve, or mentor, or be a Bible study leader, or maybe to share the Gospel with one of your teammates?

Question: Are you making yourself available to God?

Challenge: Pray that God will direct you to be a willing servant.

Prayer: Father, thank You for helping us find those places to serve. Amen.

Craig Stout, Chapel Leader -- Princeton Rays


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