Saturday, March 3, 2012

Life Journal Reading for Saturday, March 3, 2012

Today's journal entry is shared by Jill Matro, 11/07 travel team member and mentor of numerous female travel team members as well.

Numbers 32,33; Mark 10
The Reubenites and Gadites, who had very large herds and flocks, saw that the lands of Jazer and Gilead were suitable for livestock. So they came to Moses and Eleazar the priest and to the leaders of the community, and said, “Ataroth, Dibon, Jazer, Nimrah, Heshbon, Elealeh, Sebam, Nebo and Beon— the land the LORD subdued before the people of Israel—are suitable for livestock, and your servants have livestock. If we have found favor in your eyes,” they said, “let this land be given to your servants as our possession. Do not make us cross the Jordan”... The Gadites and Reubenites answered, “Your servants will do what the LORD has said. We will cross over before the LORD into Canaan armed, but the property we inherit will be on this side of the Jordan.” --Numbers 32:1-4, 31-32

The Israelites had been journeying toward the promise of abundant land for more years than they cared to count. Just like all the rest of the Israelites, the Reubenites and Gadites were weary, and when they saw the lands of Jazer and Gilead, they decided THAT would be their Canaan. “...this side of the Jordan” was going to be good enough. They had come all that way, through persecution and the desert, to the place of compromise. They even promised to fight the battle in Canaan, but would forego the prize, if only they could claim what they could see with their human eyes.

Father, You have called your mission team out of the land of comfort to claim territory for you. Protect their hearts from compromise. Their human senses will perceive opportunity for worldly victory, but don't let them fall short of Canaan. Holy Spirit, ignite their passion to claim total victory or nothing. Drive home in their hearts that they have come all this way, do not lose the battle in sight of the finish line. Lord, embolden them all to throw themselves wholeheartedly once again towards the true goal, Your promise land. Through the blood of Jesus that covers us in victory! Amen.

Jill Matro

1 comment:

  1. Aloha Travel Team! I was very sad to not be able to see you off but didn't want to send you on your journey with my stomach flu. :( My prayers are with you and His grace and favor precede you.

    All my love and His,