Seize the Moment – Day 569


The First Step!

Numbers 10


Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Thursday, October 7.


Have you ever watched a baby takes its first step?


It’s a monumental moment in any person’s life! Very often, the parents participate with eager excitement to support their child in this next step of his or her journey!


Numbers 10:33-36 narrates when the Israelites took their first step away from Mount Sinai as they finally broke camp after being there for about a year receiving the Ten Commandments and the Levitical Law, learning how to be the children of God:


Thus they set out from the mount of the Lord three days’ journey, with the ark of the covenant of the Lord journeying in front of them for the three days, to seek out a resting place for them. The cloud of the Lord was over them by day when they set out from the camp. Then it came about when the ark set out that Moses said, “Rise up, O Lord! And let Your enemies be scattered, and let those who hate You flee before You.” When it came to rest, he said, “Return, O Lord, to the myriad thousands of Israel.”


God, their loving parent, was fully present to them in this exciting moment and they praised Him for His presence and power to lead them in their next faith step towards the Promised Land.


Moses’s song of victory was later quoted and expanded upon by King David in Psalm 68:1-7:


Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered, and let those who hate Him flee before Him. … Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Lift up a song for Him who rides through the deserts, whose name is the Lord, and exult before Him. … O God, when You went forth before Your people, When You marched through the wilderness, Selah.


Seize the moment and rejoice that your Heavenly Father holds your hand when you follow Him into your next faith step. God is with you, whether on your first or last step!

God bless your day!
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