You're in God's Life-Saving Care



I must say, I am getting so much out of the Book of Numbers!  Do I sound surprised?  Well, I confess, I am!  lol.

A lot of people, including myself, can find the Book of Numbers to be redundant and dare I say boring.  But this go around, I am realizing that the Book of Numbers has gotten a bad rap.  I am up to chapter 10 and have already learned sooo much from this book.  In fact, it has actually been the redundancy in the Book of Numbers that has hammered home to me that our Great God provides EVERYTHING we need for life and living.   I shared more about this in my post, Spiritual Instincts:  We are designed for SUCCESS! which you can read here.



The Lord spoke to Moses, saying,  “Make two silver trumpets. Of hammered work you shall make them, and you shall use them for summoning the congregation and for breaking camp.

The sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow the trumpets; and these shall be to you as an ordinance forever throughout your generations.

“When you go to war in your land against the enemy who oppresses you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, and you will be remembered before the Lord your God, and you will be saved from your enemies.  Also in the day of your gladness, in your appointed feasts,
 and at the beginning of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings
 and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; and they shall be a memorial for you before your God: I am the Lord your God.”
Numbers 10:8-10

In this passage of Numbers, the Lord gives specific instructions on how to craft a trumpet that will not only be used to summon the congregation when it's time to break camp, but this very trumpet was also to be used to "cry out to God" when the enemy oppressed AND to praise God when their hearts were glad.  

The Lord has not put us on this earth to fend for ourselves.  He put us here to wholly depend on Him and through that dependence, Glorify Him.

He has also not left us to figure out a way to depend on Him, but has provided the tools to have direct access to His guidance and strength.  In the above passage from Numbers, we see that the Lord provided the blueprint for the trumpets which were to be used to call out to God and to praise His Holy name.  In the same way, the death and resurrection of Jesus rent the veil between God and man, and made a way for us to have direct contact with our Lord and Savior through the power of the Holy Spirit by prayer.

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, 
that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:16

Sadly, and I'm preaching to myself here, we don't avail ourselves of all that God provides for life and living.  We instead limp along, trying to do things in our own strength.  

If we get right down to it, man cannot successfully function without the Lord.  He has designed us to operate through His power and strength alone.  Any other way is futile and does not bring glory to God.

And we certainly can't fight our enemy Satan in our own strength!  Only God's power can thwart Satan's lies.

The Lord tells us to "sound an alarm" - cry out to Jesus!  And He will save us from our enemies.  The moment you feel tempted or start to believe one of Satan's lies -  Cry out to Jesus!  

God is our refuge and strength,
    a very present help in trouble.
 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
    though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
 though its waters roar and foam,
    though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy habitation of the Most High.
 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
    God will help her when morning dawns.
 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
    he utters his voice, the earth melts.
 The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

 Come, behold the works of the Lord,
    how he has brought desolations on the earth.
 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
    he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
    he burns the chariots with fire.
 “Be still, and know that I am God.
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth!”
 The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
Psalm 46

He has promised to save you.  Not only at the moment of salvation, but every minute of every day you are in His life-saving care.

The Scriptures, ESPECIALLY the Old Testament, are filled with examples of God's ever-present help and unfailing faithfulness.  

Every trial and even every temptation is an opportunity to see God's unfailing faithfulness in action.  But we must cry out to Him first.  He bids us to come to Him.

I just love Third Day's, Cry out to Jesus, which encourages us to do just that.  Please listen and be blessed.

Cry out to Jesus
Third Day



And once you've cried out to Jesus and you experience His Faithfulness and your hearts become glad, blow the trumpets - Praise Him!  

God is worthy of our praise!  In fact, we could never praise Him enough for all that He has done for us, is doing for us and will do for us.

Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.
Psalm 145:3

I am so grateful that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me with an everlasting love, who is my Wisdom, my Strength, my Courage, my Peace, my Protector, my Savior, my constant and ever-present Friend.

Please share in the comments below a recent praise for His Great Faithfulness.

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Comments

  1. Oh, how I needed these precious reminders of encouragement this morning, dear friend. God is steadily leading us to trust Him on levels we never before even imagined. Oh, how He wants to be our all in all! So few will trust Him that far, but as you said, He has truly provided ALL we need. This encouraged me SO much and inspires me to keep pressing on and following Him with my whole heart. I love the Old Testament so much, too. There are so many nuggets of gold and wisdom to dig out. The symbolism and types and shadows are everywhere you look, and we can apply so much to our spiritual lives from the physical things the Israelites went through. Sending much love to you today, dear friend.

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    1. Hello Sweet Friend! Praising God that you found encouragement here to keep pressing on, following Him with your whole heart, even as you face uncertainty.

      Indeed, there is so much practical application for us today from the Israelites of the Old Testament.

      I always appreciate and look forward to your visits. You are such a blessing.

      Sending you much love and gratitude,

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  2. Karen, visiting from Char's today - we are neighbors! Numbers isn't my favorite but there are definite nuggets worth mining!!!

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    1. Hi Susan, Glad we are neighbors! :-)

      Indeed!

      Blessings,

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  3. This is an awesome post and oh how I love that song! It is one of my favorites!! Found your post @worthbeyondrubies linkup!!

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    1. Hi Diane, Thank you for your kind words.

      I know! It's such a good song!

      So glad you found my blog post. :-)

      Thanks for visiting!

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  4. Dear Karen, thanks for the gentle nudge toward the OT and all the truth and beauty God has for us there. I so easily gravitate toward the NT, the gospels, Paul's letters. But you're reminding me of the importance of the whole counsel of God's Word.

    I continue my reading through 2 Kings these days ....

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    1. Hi Linda, You are very welcome.

      I'm sure you are being blessed by 2 Kings. :-)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Psalm 46 was so very comforting during the time my late husband was dying from brain cancer.
    You're correct we can do nothing without God but humans like to think they can, such a sad deception.

    You are most welcome to drop by for a cup of inspiration,
    Jennifer

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    1. Hi Jennifer, Praising God you found comfort in Psalm 46. So sorry for your loss, but rejoicing with you that the Lord comforted you in your grief.

      Thanks for the invite! :-)

      And thank you for stopping by.

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  6. Visiting from Crystal Twaddle's link up. What a great post! Yes, the Lord does want us to fully depend on Him, and He is our Refuge! He has proven Himself over and over to be faithful to me. And He continually leads me to trust Him more in amazing ways. Thank you for reminding us of what a great God we serve.

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    1. Hi Cheryl, Thanks so much for you kind words.

      Praising God in all that He has done for you to build up your Faith and Trust.

      You are very welcome.

      Indeed! What a great God we serve.

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  7. Thank you for sharing these words, Karen. Great insight!

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    1. Julie , Thank you so much for your very kind comment. That means a lot! :-)

      You are welcome!

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  8. I LOVE the scriptures of old! Old Testament girl, right here! Even in the book of Numbers, there are riches to behold! <3

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    1. Hi Rachel, Indeed! Since I've been journaling while reading the Bible, every book from the Old and the New Testament just jumps out with as you say, "riches to behold". :-)

      Thanks so much for stopping by! I enjoyed your visit! :-)

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  9. I love the book of Numbers! The Father has given me a great love for the Torah over the past few years. Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com!
    Tina

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    1. Hi Tina, It really is such a great book!

      It seems the Lord opens up an increased love for different parts of the entire Bible to minister to us perfectly in the season of life we are in.

      You are welcome!

      Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  10. What an uplifting post! The more I read the Old Testament, the more grateful I am that God has adopted us into his family.

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I'm featuring you this week!

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    1. Hi Richella, Thank you so much for your very kind words.

      Amen!

      You are welcome! You are a most gracious host and I always enjoy my visits there.

      Thank you so much! That means a lot!

      Blessings,

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