Monday, January 18, 2010

18 days straight

I'm on Day 18 of Reading the Bible in 90 Days. Can I even tell you how much I'm patting myself on the back because I have consistently done something for the last 18 days??

Actually, doing something consistently for the last 18 days is not the big shocker. The fact that I have consistently done something that is not self destructive for the last 18 days is the big deal.

Oh please, you know what I mean. It's not like I have a drug habit or anything like that. Although as prone to sin as I am, it's only by the grace of God that I'm not begging and stealing for my next drug fix.

Can we skip that entire introduction? Because I don't want my mom to get a whiff of this post and think I need to be in therapy for drug related issues. No, mom; I'm just being relative here.

Back to this post's original intent (well, if it had one). I'm quite all over the board today, so pardon me if you're getting annoyed.

Over the course of the last 18 days, I have fallen in some love with Moses. How awesome that he got to meet with God face to face. How cool to be called God's friend!! And I just hate it that he didn't get to go into the Promised Land. For crying out LOUD, he dealt with those whiny Israelites for 40 years just to get them there.....and then all he got to do was look at the view from a mountaintop?

Although Moses and I have developed a bond, I am far more enthralled with Moses' God. Over and over He shows love to the Israelites...and over and over they reject Him. As I always do when I'm reading, I put myself in the Israelite's shoes (or sandals?). I get so frustrated with them, but I'm certain I would be right along with them, fashioning my own handmade idols and worshiping all sorts of false gods. I'm just amazed at the persistence God exhibits on their behalf. His love is relentless!

And as cool as it is that Moses had such an intimate relationship with God..we are invited to an even closer relationship. WE ARE GOD's DWELLING PLACE.

Moses et al had to cart around the tabernacle from place to place....and offer up all kinds of sacrifices before they could be in God's presence. Yet Emmanuel....God with us. Christ came to this earth and lived among us, so that He could be THE one and only sacrifice for our sins. He died on that cruel cross and rose again victoriously so that the veil was torn and we could intimately fellowship with God every single moment of our lives. No priest stands between us. No curtain that we cannot cross. No more sacrifices. Only Jesus...

And speaking of Jesus: He is the only reason I can do ANYTHING non-self-destructive for 18 days straight and counting.....Praise the Lord.

By the way - I think this post could win a "most random award.."
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Robyn said...

My heart broke for Moses knowing he would never see the promised land! I don't know how Moses kept from just slapping the Israelites at some points on their journey. When I was reading I wondered how I would be if I were in their positions, would I complain, would I make idols, and then I think I do that today, I complain about things, I put other things before my God! I am pretty much a complaining Isaraelite 75% of the time! I am humbled knowing all that they had to do to even enter into God's presence, and how blessed I am that He lives in and walks with me everyday! I am God's tabernacle! Thanks to Jesus!

Thanks so much for sharing! I love reading your posts,and I appreciate you taking the time to comment on mine! Thanks to your sweet comment I hauled my hiney back on the treadmill tonight! Rome wasn't built in a day right!?!?

Love to you to my fried!!!

On an unrelated note, if you have not ever done Beth Moore's A Woman's Heart- God's Dwelling Place, check it out. I have been doing it for the past few months with some ladies and church, and it has really blessed me!

Runner Mom said...

I am so proud of you ! I am taking a year to read through the Bible with Wendy Pope at Proverbs 31. I loved the scripture you referenced!

Ours was on Job today. How we should find joy in the correction of the Lord. He examines us each day and tests us every moment(Job 7:17-18). That was a wake up call to me!

Loved your post--and it was not random!! It was great!


Missy @ It's Almost Naptime said...

Hey email me!

Sugar Mommy said...

Hey there!

I found you through your comment on Missy's blog. I'm in Houston, too, but I didn't go to the Siesta SMT celebration. I learned 24 verses, but I didn't follow along with the blog or keep a notebook, so I didn't think it would be right for me to go. My husband's cousin's wife flew in from Georgia to go. She went by herself, too, and I could have totally hooked you up. Oh well! I plan to follow along next year.

Anyway, all this to say that maybe we can meet at the next Houston blogger get-together so that we have a friend to meet at the next celebration.

Have a great day!

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