Hi Sunday friends!
This has been a rough week for me. You may or may not know (depending if you’re an e-mail subscriber or follow me on Instagram) Mr. FFF left last Sunday to start clinicals for 2 years.
Which means he will not be living with me for TWO YEARS. For the first 7 months he is only 2 hours away, so we can see each other weekends, but we have no idea what the last year and a half will hold. It could be as far as IDAHO. Sooo…I would never see him.
Being alone all week, especially sleeping alone, has been REALLY hard. But, I do think this is going to be a time that really allows me to lean on the Lord and grow my faith!
But, that’s not what I wanted to write about today. Today, I want to write about applying the Old Testament to our lives.
In my own life, I know I’ve personally sometimes thought that the Old Testament doesn’t really apply to us this day in age. Aside from obvious things like the 10 Commandments. These still apply of course.
But, I’ve sometimes thought “oh this was SO BACK IN THE DAY and things are JUST SO MUCH DIFFERENT now, so this doesn’t really apply to me.”
Mr. FFF and I are doing the Bible in a year and we just finished Leviticus (that is a bit of a rough book isn’t it?!) and we’re in Numbers, so these thoughts have been going strong lately as I’ve been doing my reading.
But, this past week I read Numbers 9 about how the Israelites set out when the cloud lifted from the tabernacle and camped when it covered it.
Numbers 9: 17-20 says: “17 Whenever the cloud lifted from above the tent, the Israelites set out;wherever the cloud settled, the Israelites encamped. 18 At the Lord’s command the Israelites set out, and at his command they encamped. As long as the cloud stayed over the tabernacle, they remained in camp.19 When the cloud remained over the tabernacle a long time, the Israelites obeyed the Lord’s order and did not set out. 20 Sometimes the cloud was over the tabernacle only a few days; at the Lord’s command they would encamp, and then at his command they would set out.”
When I read this, I was in awe about how the Israelites went when God went and stayed when He stayed. When He stayed awhile, they stayed too. They trusted him.
It hit me then. The Old Testament still totally applies to our lives today – we can all do better at going when God tells us to go, staying when He wants us to stay (even if it’s longer than we want) for example. It’s just about digging deeper and understanding other ways that we can read scripture between the lines – not just word for word.
I’m not saying we should twist the meaning, that is not the kind of reading between the lines I am talking about.
But, I think that really digging into a scripture that we may think “oh this isn’t for me” or “this isn’t applicable” and trying to see it in the light of 2018 and our lives can be really valuable. It’s in those moments when God, and His Word, really come to life. At least for me.
Anyway, I hope you’re able to get some good nuggets of truth from the Word where you maybe weren’t able to before!