Together – Exodus 35

Together – Exodus 35

Read Exodus 35

I have always been one who would rather work alone than with a group. Other people slow you down and making decisions becomes tough, right? As I got older my point of view was challenged. I realized God’s intention is for us to live life together. My job is not to get as much done as I can but to invest in others and do life together.

In Exodus Chapter 35, God gives clear instructions on the tabernacle. God doesn’t tell Moses to do it all. Instead He tells him to include everyone “who is of a willing heart” and goes on to describe the work that needs to be done on the tabernacle. The chapter ends by stating God has given individuals the talents needed. God has uniquely designed each of us with talents and abilities. He has a specific use for you and me.  

In the church, God states it this way….from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love (Eph 4:16) . You serve a purpose. God’s purpose. Trust in that and be available to allow Him to write your story.

— Justin Tiller

 

 

Remember – Deuteronomy 9

Remember – Deuteronomy 9

Read Deuteronomy 9

I love telling other people how God has taken care of me. As I tell those stories, God has a way of reminding me how good He has been to me, and my family, along the way. As I recall faith from the past, it gives me faith to confront whatever I face today.

Deuteronomy is a book in which God continually tells Israel to remember. Chapter 9 goes through specific stories so Israel will remember how good God has been. First, it is established God is getting ready to use them –  not because they are righteous – but rather in spite of their unrighteousness. Most of the time, our sin is used by Satan to discourage us. God uses our sin to remind us He is faithful to us in spite of it. Forgetting God loves us in spite of our shortcomings leaves us in shame. This is a state God never intends for us to be in.

Be encouraged! If you are a child of God, you are accepted and beloved today. Your shortcomings are only a  reminder God really does love you.

 

— Justin Tiller

Second Chances – Exodus 34

Second Chances – Exodus 34

Read Exodus 34

So God just spent 40 days on a mountain speaking with Moses, and more importantly, gave him clear instructions for Israel to live by.  In return Israel fashioned an idol to worship which created quite a conflict when Moses came down. During this confrontation Moses broke the tablets God had made so the people would never see the words He had intended for them. In Exodus 34, we see the heart of God as He tells Moses to cut tablets like the first ones. God spent another 40 days communicating His covenant with Israel.

We blow it in our walk with God just like Israel and Moses did. We have our idols. We choose to treat God’s words just like Moses did. Everyday God gives us another chance after another chance. His invitation to us is the same as it was to Moses. He invites us to come to Him, and He will speak to us. Unlike the Old Testament, if you are God’s child, you can boldly walk into His presence (Heb 4:16).  Make sure you take advantage of that today.

— Justin Tiller

The Heart of a Leader – Exodus 33

The Heart of a Leader – Exodus 33

Read Exodus 33 

So many times we classify leaders as those who have followers, or those who get things done. The leadership Moses shows in Chapter 33 goes way beyond getting results. He had just confronted a huge group of idol worshipers, aka the Israelites, and is now going to move them toward the Promised Land. During all of this, he takes time connect with God when he likely did not naturally have that time in his day. Moses speaks with God as a friend and desires to know God.

When I am faced with God-sized tasks in life, my natural tendency is to roll up my sleeves and work harder. I think God brings those trials into our life in order to drive us to Him. When life hits the fan we need God more than ever. Talk to Him in the midst of your struggles. He is your friend, and He desires to be known.  

— Justin Tiller

Wait – Exodus 32

Wait – Exodus 32

Read Exodus 32 

The hardest times of my life have come when I could not hear God’s voice. I remember when my family moved to Kansas City. We had  come through a very trying time where we had to trust God in ways we never had before. There were times when I had to be completely honest with my wife and admit “it’s as if God doesn’t exist right now.” I can look back and see where God was teaching me to trust Him even when it didn’t make sense.  

For the children of Israel, they had just seen God miraculously deliver them from Egypt, but it was quickly forgotten amidst the silence they were currently experiencing. We find out that Moses had been on  the mountain with God for 40 days (Ex 24:18) while the people were down below waiting. The people began to fear what had happened to Moses “…we do not know what has become of him [Moses]” (Ex 32:1). Their solution was to make a new god to follow rather than wait for Moses to return.

Jesus left this planet over 2000 years ago and promised He would return. As followers of Jesus, let’s not build our own idols in His absence. Let’s be faithful and ready at all times for His return.

— Justin Tiller

Remember – Deuteronomy 9

Remember – Deuteronomy 9

Deuteronomy 9 

 

I love telling other people how God has taken care of me. As I tell those stories, God has a way of reminding me how good He has been to me, and my family, along the way.  As I recall faith from the past, it gives me faith to confront whatever I face today.

Deuteronomy is a book in which God continually tells Israel to remember.  Chapter 9 goes through specific stories so Israel will remember how good God has been.  First, it is established God is getting ready to use them –  not because they are righteous – but rather in spite of their unrighteousness.  Most of the time,  our sin is used by Satan  to discourage us.  God uses our sin to remind us He is faithful to us in spite of it. Forgetting God loves us in spite of our shortcomings leaves us in shame. This is a state God never intends for us to be in.

Be encouraged! If you are a child of God, you are accepted and beloved today. Your shortcomings are only a  reminder God really does love you.

 

Justin Tiller