where we go
Leviticus 9:1-4, 22-24
Read 2 Samuel 12:7- 20 and note David’s response to calamity.
Why is it that people often ponder God when calamities take place? How can you reveal God’s loving presence to people who have faced great loss and pain?
In November 2011, a football stadium filled with more than 100,000 fans went silent. In the middle of the field, prior to the game, both university teams were kneeling with heads bowed. In the middle of the crowd, an assistant coach—a believer in Jesus—lifted his voice in prayer for several minutes. What was going on? The home team had faced the firing of their head coach and some other university officials that week due to scandal. A former assistant coach had been accused of molesting many boys while serving at the university, and the cover-up had lasted for years . . . until that week.
Where do people go when they encounter sin and pain? In this case, they took a knee. With heads bowed, they listened as a man acknowledged God’s power and healing ways.
When it was time for God to institute the priesthood of Israel, He called forth Aaron and his sons to serve (Leviticus 8:2-3). Before all the people at the entrance of the Tabernacle, Moses held an ordination ceremony. Then he and Aaron offered a sin offering, burnt offering, and peace offering to God (Leviticus 9:2-4).
Aaron raised his hands and blessed the people (Leviticus 9:22). And after he and Moses had entered the Tabernacle and returned, “the glory of the Lord appeared to the whole community” (Leviticus 9:23). “Fire blazed from the Lord’s presence” and the people “shouted with joy and fell face down on the ground” (Leviticus 9:24). They bowed before God.
In today’s world, have you noticed how often people bow before God when calamities occur? In emotional and/or physical pain they acknowledge His presence. They fall before Him.
This isn’t a coincidence. No, as Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life” (John 6:68).
NLT 365-day reading plan passage for today: Luke 24:13-43
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