By Mark Shields
This day with God, we continue being committed to the journey through His Word as we go the correct way, the challenging way, the team way, and the victorious way. Reading in Numbers 32, the sons of Reuben and Gad had a desire to settle on the east side of Jordan so they propositioned Moses and Eleazer about their wishes. For the land was suitable for the large herds and flocks with good pasture land on that side of the Jordan.
Moses hesitated with a response because his initial reaction to the proposal was unfavorable. He assumed they had selfish motives and were trying to avoid helping the others fight for the Promised Land located on the other side of the river.
The agreement made by the sons of Reuben and Gad was that they would fortify their women and children so they could stay behind but the fighting men would continue to be committed to the Israelites until the Promised Land was obtained.
The take away as explained in this passage is that we should be committed to our brothers and sisters in Christ. To determine what purpose we desire in building up Christ and the church. This day with God, let us dream big about how best to spread the gospel message, use pictures to inspire, and pray that our dreams will transpire.
Being committed requires a desire to meet your promises. Many times, a photo can inspire one to stay committed by helping to visualize the reward when staying committed. The photo below is of the sunset in Hawaii.
Lord, we pray that we continue the commitment along this journey through Your Word. Continue our desire to step ahead each day. We have obstacles we come up against like the lack of time, being able to balance our responsibilities, and other issues within our busy world. Help us to overcome these obstacles, stick to our commitments, and gain momentum towards our purpose of sharing the gospel message. Amen.