I was headed to a training this morning and listening to a phone call that is a quick devotional going through the newest book by Joel Olsteen. I was overwhelmed in my car driving down the freeway with the presence of the Lord. No really, I was overtaken by His presence! I needed to pull the car over and when I tried to retell the experience to my best friend I could barely get the words out. The reading today went right along with my Draw the Circle Day 38.
When we are taught Bible stories or hear about someone having a “staff” or when reciting the 23rd Psalm (thy rod and they STAFF they comfort me) we think of it as a walking stick because they just walked EVERYWHERE! We think of it as a protection device against wild animals. It was used also as a correction and guidance device for herding animals. What we don’t hear is that it was used as a writing tablet of sorts. It was a memorial stick. When a baby was born, mark on the stick. When they won a battle, mark on the stick. When they fought a lion, mark on the stick. You get the drift. I am thinking it was a little like braille. So in 1 Sam 17:40 we are told “Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine”. I can imagine David running to get his staff and rubbing his hands on it to feel his stories of when God had helped him slay a lion and a bear and was full of the power KNOWING that He did it before and He could do it again!’ In Exodus 4:20 when Moses was letting fear rule and questioning God’s instructions, God asks “Then the LORD said to him, “What is that in your hand?” “A staff,” he replied” Do you see it? He wanted Moses to look at his life and REMEMBER all that He had done for him and how HE had seen him through. So when they put Aaron’s staff in the Ark it was DOCUMENTATION OF THE MIRACLES OF GOD!!! OH GEEZ! I am getting all excited again! What are you believing for that you feel like God isn’t hearing? That He has forgotten you?
What if you took a paper and pen and wrote down EVERYTHING & EVERY TIME you could think of when God showed up and God delivered you, and God made a way when there was no way? And what if, you had that with you everywhere you went? Read it daily? Lifted it up over the situation? How powerful would you be, knowing that IF GOD IS FOR ME WHO CAN BE AGAINST ME? All the promises coming to life in your own life and before you very eyes! NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST YOU WOULD PROSPER!!! His battle, His fight, His way, His weed to pull! Love you and mean it! xoxo