April 4

on Thursday, 30 March 2017.

April 4

Day 7 - the Spirit empowering God’s people (OT) - Moses

In your own words ask God to help you hear and understand what He’s saying through His Word, and give thanks for the Holy Spirit that is empowering you to walk with Him after this devotional is done. Then read these verses (out loud if you are able).

 

Numbers 11:16-17, 25 (NLT)

16 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Gather before me seventy men who are recognized as elders and leaders of Israel. Bring them to the Tabernacle to stand there with you. 17 I will come down and talk to you there. I will take some of the Spirit that is upon you, and I will put the Spirit upon them also. They will bear the burden of the people along with you, so you will not have to carry it alone. 25 And the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to Moses. Then he gave the seventy elders the same Spirit that was upon Moses. And when the Spirit rested upon them, they prophesied. But this never happened again.

 

God called Moses to lead His people out of slavery in Egypt so that they might worship Him as set apart people in the world. During the journey from Egypt to the promised land, God’s people continue to grumble and complain to Moses, and he is greatly burdened by the weight of leading them. We see that the Spirit of God is upon Moses so that he may accomplish this great work. It is this same Spirit that is given to the seventy elders and leaders that have been appointed to help Moses. All of us know the weight of serving others at times. Whether it’s caring for those we love or working with those that seem impossible to love, God’s Spirit is the source of what we need to do what we’d never be capable of doing on our own. Being an elder and leader is an important role, but the Spirit of God is what was needed to bear the burden of leading and serving others. So it is in our lives as well.

 

Who has God called you to serve or work with or lead? What is the difference between doing that kind of work in the power of the Holy Spirit versus doing it in your own strength?

 

Take a moment pray with thanksgiving for the Spirit of God living in you. Give thanks to the Triune God for empowering you with what you need to love and serve others. Pray for those in your life that God has given you to lead and serve, specifically praying by name for those who are difficult for you to love.  End your time of prayer by praising God for how He is using you in the lives of others.