Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 in Uncategorized
Note: This is part 3 of the series, By The Numbers. Catch up if you need to:
1. Paint By Numbers.
2. By The Numbers.
It’s 2:38 A.M.
Few people who know me well would be surprised that I’m awake. Almost everyone would be surprised that it’s 2:38 A.M. and I just woke up.
I’m a night owl, but last night I had to go to bed early for a 4:15 A.M. wake up.
Predictably I didn’t need an alarm. Predictably, I didn’t want to startle Amy awake at 4:15 A.M. Predictably, I woke up early enough not to need an alarm.
Scott (Me) By The Numbers
Recently I took a self-analysis quiz.
I read my results aloud to my family:
I seek knowledge and understanding.
I live by my own standards.
I need explanations and answers.
I value intelligence, insight, fairness, and justice.
I am a natural non-conformist, a visionary and a problem solver.
I am conceptual and an independent thinker.
For me, work is play.
I am uneasy when my emotions control me.
I was impatient with drill and routine.
I question authority.
As I read the list, my son Josh, interrupted, “Quit reading us your diary.”
I am predictable.
Is God Predictable?
Yes, and no.
God spoke to Moses: “Send twelve men to scout out the country of Canaan that I am giving to the people of Israel.” When they returned they told the story of their trip. Every scout said that the land was beautiful.
Ten scouts said, “But we’ll be destroyed if we try. The people who live there are fierce, their cities are huge and well fortified. We can’t attack those people; they’re way stronger than we are.” As much as the other two scouts Caleb and Joshua courageously tried to say otherwise, the whole community was in an uproar.
Everyone grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The entire community was in on it: “Why didn’t we die in Egypt? Or in this wilderness? Why has God brought us to this country to kill us?”
They plotted a coup: “Let’s pick a new leader; let’s head back to Egypt.”
Moses and Aaron fell on their faces in front of the entire community, frustrated, scared and began praying.
God spoke to Moses and Aaron: “I’ve had my fill of complaints from this grumbling evil-infested community. Everyone – this whole generation – not one of them will enter the Promised Land except for Caleb and Joshua.”
Predictably God wanted faith-full and faithful followers. Unpredictably God was willing to wait forty more years until these people died off. 1
What Can We Expect From God?
God can be predictably unpredictable. I asked a group of friends to describe what they have learned to expect from God.
Vivian explained, “He guides us.”
Ash asserted, “He always knows best.”
Paris promised, “He’s forgiving.”
Sophia chimed in, “He actually listens.”
Angie said with a smile, “The best listener out there.”
Kristine has found, “He’s non-judgmental. He is love.”
Kaitlyn added, “God knows what to do in hard situations.”
Martrell learned, “If you can never rely on anyone, you can always rely on God.”
#mysilentscream: Trust and obey God.
1 – From Numbers chapters 13-14, MSG