|Good Morning Everyone,|
Our theme for this month: Stay strong”
Our Bible verse for today: “Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” Philippians 2:4 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Be where you’re supposed to be, doing what you’re supposed to be doing.”
I love the way Billy Graham once applied the situation found in Numbers chapter thirty-two to the subject of staying strong for others. In that scene we find the nation of Israel getting ready to cross over the Jordan River to take possession of the Promised Land. However, the tribes of Reuben and Gad saw that the land that had already been occupied by them, on the east side of the Jordan, was a good land which would suit them well and which would require no further effort to possess. So, they asked Moses to let them stay there rather than crossing the Jordan with the other ten tribes and fighting for land that they felt they didn’t need or want.
Moses was angry with them for the thought that they would let their brothers and sisters go forward into battle with diminished strength, while they sat there enjoying good land that they didn’t have to fight for. Moses said, “Shall your countrymen go to war while you sit here? … (If so,) you may be sure your sin will find you out.” (Numbers 32:6, 23). In other words, it would have been a sin for them to withhold their strength when it was needed by others.
That’s the kind of thing the Apostle Paul was writing about in Philippians 2:4. Our concern should be not just for ourselves, but for others as well. We should be looking out not just for our own interests, but also for the interests of those who need our help. It’s a sin for God’s people to sit down or hang back in indifference and apathy when struggling people need our help and when we are in a position to help them if we only would.
Oftentimes that means being where we’re supposed to be and doing what we’re supposed to be doing. That was the case with the tribes of Reuben and Gad. Where they were supposed to be was on the other side of the Jordan with the rest of the nation. What they were supposed to be doing was engaging in the effort to take possession of the land God had promised to the entire nation.
May I ask you where it is you are supposed to be and what it is that you are supposed to be doing? Are you there? Are you doing it? Are others depending on you and are you there for them? Not only are we to look out for ourselves but we are to look out for others as well. Not only must we be strong and stay strong for our own sake, but for the sake of others too.
I encourage you to be where you are supposed to be, doing what you are supposed to be doing.
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