Let God Drive

The next prayer in this series is also from the book of numbers. 

In this section of the bible Plan the author told a story about 2 boys who were discussing Elijah’s dramatic chariot ride when God took him home. One boy said to the other “Wouldn’t you be afraid to ride in a chariot of fire?” , “Nahh,” replied the second, “not if God drove.” Woww, what great faith that little boy demonstrated. Moses had the same kind of faith in Numbers 11:11-15. 

Numbers 11:11-15

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? Did I give birth to them? Did I bring them into the world? Why did you tell me to carry them in my arms like a mother carries a nursing baby? How can I carry them to the land you swore to give their ancestors? Where am I supposed to get meat for all these people? They keep whining to me, saying, ‘Give us meat to eat!’ I can’t carry all these people by myself! The load is far too heavy! If this is how you intend to treat me, just go ahead and kill me. Do me a favor and spare me this misery!”

 

You may be asking, but Moses was complaining, how did he show faith? Earlier on in the chapter, verse 1 says : 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. The Israelities complained, and then Moses also complained. However, God responded positively to Moses and negatively to the rest of the people. Why was this? The people complained to one another, and nothing was accomplished. Moses took his complaint to God, the only one who could solve all their problems. 

Now, bringing this closer to home, many of us are good at complaining to each other about the many things that happen in our lives. We need to learn to take our problems to the One who can actually do something about them. Don’t get me wrong, it is good to talk to friends in order to get advice and support from them. But God has already told us to cast our cares and burdens onto him and he will take care of us (Psalms 55:22)  There are times when our fellow human beings let us down, after all they are only human. They also go through things they cannot handle. Many of us make the mistake of discussing every little dilemma in our lives with friends and family instead of the one who knows the end from the beginning, God. 

As long as God was in control, Moses knew he could cope with the problems of leadership. Understanding his limitations, Moses cried: I am not able to bear all these people alone, because the burden is too heavy for me. 
In the 21st century, many of us like to think of ourselves as being self-sufficient. However, a person that is wise recognises his or her own limitations and depends on the presence and strength of God for their daily life. Letting God drive takes the tension out of living. When we learn to cast all our cares on Him, we move to a maturity in the Lord that gives peace and joy. Too often, we try to rip the steering wheel away from God to do things our own way. When this happens, we always get frustrated and lonely. Today, just like Moses did, may we leave the driving to God, admit we cannot bear our own burdens, and receive the rest He has promised for us.

So, before you complain and run to your friends about something you’re struggling with , go to God. Seek God’s face first! Let God drive! 


Stay blessed,

Dara x

Frightening Frogs 

At this time in the series, I am going to jump to the book of Exodus where we meet Moses and the Israelites. 

I’m sure we have all heard many Aesop’s fables, I’m going to share a humorous one. This fable is about Hares and Frogs. The hares lived with low spirits and lacked courage because their lives were in constant danger from foxes, lions, bears and men. One day the hares saw a troop of wild horses stampeding about, and because of their great fear of being killed by other beasts, they decided to drown themselves. They thought it would be better to drown themselves than to continually live in a state of fear. However when they got to the bank of the lake, the frogs who were sun bathing leaped into the water. “They’re actually afraid of us,” cried one of the hares. “We scared them!” The hares then abandoned their suicide plans and spent the rest of their days sitting around the edge of the lake frightening frogs. 
 

The Hares & Frogs

 
The way human beings reacts to things in life is often the same as how the hares did. Humans respond to their environment in anger or hostility and resort to self-destruction or destroying others. An example of this in the bible is Israel’s response when Moses went to the mountain to meet with God. After Moses had been gone for many days, despair set in amongst the Israelites. They began to feel sorry for themselves, they were lost in lust and destruction. 

Unfortunately, that was the evil sight which greeted Moses as he came down from the mountain. God was very angry that he wanted to destroy his own people. They were not grateful for what He had done for them, all they did was complain. But the twist is that Moses prayed and God spared Israel. 

Exodus 32:11-14 (NLT)

But Moses tried to pacify the Lord his God. “O Lord!” he said. “Why are you so angry with your own people whom you brought from the land of Egypt with such great power and such a strong hand? Why let the Egyptians say, ‘Their God rescued them with the evil intention of slaughtering them in the mountains and wiping them from the face of the earth’? Turn away from your fierce anger. Change your mind about this terrible disaster you have threatened against your people! Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.You bound yourself with an oath to them, saying, ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars of heaven. And I will give them all of this land that I have promised to your descendants, and they will possess it forever.”So the Lord changed his mind about the terrible disaster he had threatened to bring on his people.

The reaction that Moses had in time of crisis was the wisest one – he prayed. In times of crisis, How do you react? Who do you turn to?   When trouble comes, we would be much wiser to pray than to react with hostility or give into despair. Prayer should always be our first reaction to any crisis. 

It is honouring to God when our first and immediate response to any situation is to consult him. As Christians we are told to “acknowledge Him in all our ways” and “Seek first the Kingdom of God”, we can accomplish this by making him our first consultant and advisor. That way he will be able to direct our path, just as he promised. If we properly engage in prayer, we are more likely to be kept out of crisis. 

If you haven’t done so already you can read the post entitled “Steering Wheel or Spare Tyre?” it elaborates more on prayer being our first resort. My prayer is that we all make it a habit to turn to God immediately in times of crisis. Go onto the tab “A Walkthrough the Major Prayers in the Bible” to view all the posts related to this series. 

Stay blessed,

Dara x