Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Trusting God vs Trusting in man


Trusting God vs Trusting in man

Numbers 14-1-9
"Then all the congregation raised a loud cry, and the people wept that night. And all the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The whole congregation said to them, “Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this wilderness! Why is the Lord bringing us into this land, to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will become a prey. Would it not be better for us to go back to Egypt?” And they said to one another, “Let us choose a leader and go back to Egypt.”
Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the people of Israel. And Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes and said to all the congregation of the people of Israel, “The land, which we passed through to spy it out, is an exceedingly good land. If the Lord delights in us, he will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land that flows with milk and honey. Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. Their protection is removed from them, and the Lord is with us; do not fear them.” Then all the congregation said to stone them with stones. But the glory of the Lord appeared at the tent of meeting to all the people of Israel.
When I read this scripture (posted on the IF Gathering face book page) in preparation for an upcoming event at our church, I was struck with how thankful I am. One, that  I am not in charge, and two, that our leaders at RCC/ StJames were courageous enough to follow the Lords prompting and vision for the church. The move to combine the new and thriving RCC with St. James seemed daunting especially after we had a "trial" visit and had to try to squeeze into the tiny pews in a new and awkward environment. "How would we fit the Worship team in that cramped space" and "how would we still honor our commitment to Reading" were just  some of my thoughts. Looking back now it could not and should not have been any other way. It is not so much that I was blindly trusting  or distrusting my leaders, but after seeking God and praying past my own doubts I knew that the vision cast was of God. When we pursue God and trust in His plans and when our leaders are also pursuing Him, then we can trust that the Lord will be with us.

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