Posts Tagged ‘Burden’


Numbers 11:1,5-6,11,16,21-23,33 Soon the people began to complain about their hardship, and the Lord heard everything they said. Then the Lord’s anger blazed against them, and he sent a fire to rage among them, and he destroyed some of the people in the outskirts of the camp… “We remember the fish we used to eat for free in Egypt. And we had all the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic we wanted. But now our appetites are gone. All we ever see is this manna!”… And Moses said to the Lord, “Why are you treating me, your servant, so harshly? Have mercy on me! What did I do to deserve the burden of all these people?… Then the Lord said to Moses, “Gather before me seventy men who are recognized as elders and leaders of Israel. Bring them to the Tabernacle to stand there with you… But Moses responded to the Lord, “There are 600,000 foot soldiers here with me, and yet you say, ‘I will give them meat for a whole month!’ Even if we butchered all our flocks and herds, would that satisfy them? Even if we caught all the fish in the sea, would that be enough?” Then the Lord said to Moses, “Has my arm lost its power? Now you will see whether or not my word comes true!”… But while they were gorging themselves on the meat—while it was still in their mouths—the anger of the Lord blazed against the people, and he struck them with a severe plague.

Reading this chapter left me with mixed emotions because in one context, the response of the Israelites seem terrible and in another context, God’s reaction to their complaining seems far worse.

How are we to understand this chapter and apply it into our lives today? (more…)

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Matthew 9:35-38
Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

 

As we continue through the book of Matthew, we see God’s power at work in the lives of those who are at the end of their rope and need a savior. In all this, there are skeptics always ready to point fingers and make a mockery of what God does and that is frustrating to read. However, we have to be careful about judging these skeptics because we have been skeptics and unbelievers ourselves and have probably shared in the sin of condoning God’s work and his creation. We are the reason he was nailed to the cross and every time we sin, it must seem to him like the nails are being pierced in harder.

However, to the Lord, knowing that he was going to be sacrificed like a lamb was not what mattered. His concern was to help those in need and to shepherd them in the right direction. This was and is his burden and his instruction for us to pray for more workers with such a heart is key to our prayer life today. We need to ask God to give us his heart to serve the suffering and pray for God to add more workers in his harvest field because there are so many more people in need of Christ and are waiting to be directed. The victory has been won by the Lord and the work of transforming lives is His and our part is to obediently follow in harvesting.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet