Scripture: Numbers 10: 29-34
Key verse: (33) So they set out from the mount of the Lord three days’ journey with the ark of the covenant of the Lord going before them three days’ journey, to seek out a resting place for them,
Reflection: The Isrealites had settled in here at Sinai. When they arrived a year before, there was some work that needed done. They organized into tribes and laws were given. The Tabernacle was constructed and they had priests to guide them. They had gotten comfortable.
Moses offered an invitation to set out for a journey. “Come with us.”
Invitations are extended all the time but this one is a bit different. Come journey with God. Moses knows his brother-in-law Hobab and knows the gifts he will bring to the journey. Moses sees him and extends the invitation to be part of something beyond himself. It was time to set out for the promised land. This was a pilgrimage unlike any other and Hobab would want to be on this journey. I do think that Moses could use a man with his particular gifts, but I think it had to be more than that. I think Moses knew Hobab needed the journey. They didn’t know where they were going but they trusted in God to guide them.
Come with us! Who can you extend an invitation to this week? Would you come join us at worship on Sunday? Come join us on our habitat build this spring! Come with us to get food for Loaves and Fishes for our food drive Feb. 28! What invitation can you extend? It is a good journey we are on.
Prayer: God, help me stop today and see the people in my life. Guide me in putting aside my fears and excuses so that I may extend an invitation to join us on the journey of life with you. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].