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Today is a daily devotional that helps God's people refresh, refocus and renew their faith through Bible reading, reflection, and prayer.

Today is a daily devotional that helps God's people refresh, refocus and renew their faith through Bible reading, reflection, and prayer.


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Today is a daily devotional that helps God's people refresh, refocus and renew their faith through Bible reading, reflection, and prayer.






The Staff That Budded

Scripture Reading: Numbers 17 Aaron’s staff . . . had not only sprouted but had budded, blossomed and produced almonds. Numbers 17:8 It was a miraculous, incredible sign. God said, “The staff belonging to the man I choose will sprout.” A dead stick would come to life! One staff from each tribe, including Aaron’s staff for the tribe of Levi, was placed before the Lord in the tabernacle. And by the next day, Aaron’s staff had not only sprouted, but it had also budded, blossomed, and grown...


One Path to God

Scripture Reading: Numbers 16:1-7, 25-35, 41-50 Aaron offered the incense and made atonement for them. He stood between the living and the dead, and the plague stopped. Numbers 16:47-48 It was a shocking display of God’s justice. Korah, Dathan, Abiram, and all their families were swallowed alive by the earth. In this way God showed that Moses and Aaron were his appointed leaders. But that terrible event didn’t keep the people from grumbling. They continued to oppose Moses and Aaron. So...


A Warning from the Wilderness

Scripture Reading: Numbers 14:26-38; Hebrews 3:12-19 “For forty years—one year for each of the forty days you explored the land—you will suffer for your sins and know what it is like to have me against you.” Numbers 14:34 We have reached a low point in the book of Numbers. The failure to trust God’s promise about the land of Canaan was an epic act of unbelief. And the consequences were terrible. For forty years Israel would have to wander in the wilderness even though they had reached...


Grasshoppers or God’s People?

Scripture Reading: Numbers 13 “We saw the Nephilim there. . . . We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” Numbers 13:33 Moses sent twelve men of Israel, one from each tribe, to explore the land of Canaan. Only two of the explorers, Joshua and Caleb, came back with a good report (see Numbers 14:6-9). They said, “The land is good, and God will lead us into it.” They trusted God to give Israel the land he had promised. The other ten explorers were gripped...


Servant Leaders

Scripture Reading: Numbers 12 “Has the Lord spoken only through Moses?” they asked. “Hasn’t he also spoken through us?” Numbers 12:2 As we saw yesterday in Numbers 11, even though Moses was a unique ­prophet of God, God’s Spirit was poured out on other leaders in Israel. This was apparently the context for Miriam and Aaron saying, “Hasn’t the Lord also spoken through us?” They may have longed for the gift of the Spirit so that they too could prophesy, but they also envied Moses’ unique...


Prophets of God

Scripture Reading: Numbers 11:24-30 “I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!” Numbers 11:29 It was clear to Israel that Moses spoke for God. God would meet with Moses in the tent of meeting and give him words to say to the people. So when Joshua heard about two men who had prophesied in the camp, it made sense that he would want to protect Moses’ unique role as God’s prophet. But Moses responded, “Are you jealous for my sake? I...


Complain, Complain

Scripture Reading: Numbers 11:1-9 Now the people complained. . . . Numbers 11:1 Complaining can seem like a favorite pastime for many of us. We complain about the weather and what we have to wear. We complain about food and finding nothing to do. We complain about traffic and technology. Complaining was second nature for Israel during the wilderness years. In our passage, Israel was only three days into their wilderness journey when they started to complain. They complained about their...


Sharing the Good Things of God

Scripture Reading: Numbers 10:11-36 “If you come with us, we will share with you whatever good things the Lord gives us.” Numbers 10:32 After a long period of camping at Sinai, Israel was finally ready to head into the wilderness. Each family group marched in line, with the cloud of the Lord leading them. As they set out, Moses asked his brother-in-law Hobab to come with them. Hobab was familiar with the desert, and the Israelites would benefit from his skills as a guide. Moses’...


Follow the Leader

Scripture Reading: Numbers 9:15-23 Whenever the cloud lifted from above the tent, the Israelites set out; wherever the cloud settled, the Israelites encamped. Numbers 9:17 A popular children’s game is “Follow the Leader.” In this game you only have one job: do whatever the leader does. If the leader walks up a hill, you follow up the hill. If the leader jumps, you jump. When the leader stops, you stop. In the wilderness, Israel followed the Lord, their leader. A cloud that represented...


The Light of the World

Scripture Reading: Numbers 8:1-4 The Lord said . . . “. . . ‘When you set up the lamps, see that all seven light the area in front of the lampstand.’” Numbers 8:1-2 The tabernacle in the wilderness was a unique place with interesting furniture. One piece of furniture was the lampstand described in our passage. It was made of hammered gold, with seven branches for its lamps, shaped like almond buds and blossoms. The lampstand stood in the Holy Place and lit up the space in front of it,...


Joyful Giving

Scripture Reading: Numbers 7:1-17 When the altar was anointed, the leaders brought their offerings for its dedication and presented them before the altar. Numbers 7:10 What kind of giving pleases God? In this passage, the Israelites brought offerings to the Lord as the tabernacle was dedicated. How did they give, and what do we learn about giving that honors God? First, everyone gave. This is a long passage that describes what each tribe brought to the tabernacle, and you might notice...


The Blessing of God

Scripture Reading: Numbers 6:22-27 The Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites.’” Numbers 6:22-23 Today Christians all over the world will gather to worship God. Many will receive a closing blessing in worship through the words that Aaron and his sons spoke over Israel: “The Lord bless you and keep you. . . .” What is this blessing that God puts on us? First, we receive the blessing of God’s protection and keeping. This is something we...


Standing Out for God

Scripture Reading: Numbers 6:1-21 “This is the law of the Nazirite. . . . They must fulfill the vows they have made. . . .” Numbers 6:21 The Nazirite vow was a voluntary and temporary vow that any man or woman in Israel could take. During the period of the vow, a Nazirite could not eat or drink anything from the grapevine, cut their hair, or be in the presence of a dead body. Because of these unusual restrictions, Nazirites stuck out. Some Nazirites were dedicated for life. Probably the...


God at the Center

Scripture Reading: Numbers 2:1-2, 32-34 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron: “The Israelites are to camp around the tent of meeting. . . .” Numbers 2:1-2 For many people, summertime is camping season. It’s a great time to go camping and enjoy the outdoors. For 40 years in the wilderness, Israel camped. They didn’t have permanent homes; they lived in tents. Their camping arrangement was set by God. Each tribe had its assigned place. What was most notable about the arrangement is that all...


The Good Fight of Faith

Scripture Reading: Numbers 1:1-4, 44-50 “Take a census of the whole Israelite community by their clans . . . listing every man by name, one by one.” Numbers 1:2 Before leading Israel into the wilderness, God told them to count every man 20 years old or older and able to serve in the army. And “the total number was 603,550.” A census may seem boring, but we can learn some things from it. First, it reminds us that God is faithful. God had promised that Abraham’s descendants would be as...


Belonging to God

Scripture Reading: Numbers 1:1-4 The Lord spoke to Moses . . . in the Desert of Sinai on the first day of the second month of the second year after the Israelites came out of Egypt. Numbers 1:1 The book of Numbers begins with a reference to the Israelites’ coming out of Egypt, where they had been slaves for many years (see Exodus 1-14). Thirteen months had passed since then, and many miles of wilderness lay ahead before they would enter the land God had promised to their ancestor Abraham...


Benediction and Sending

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 13:20-21 May the God of peace . . . equip you with everything good for doing his will. . . . Hebrews 13:20-21 When we conclude our worship services, we offer a benediction (word of blessing) and a sending greeting. We do not simply say, “Have a nice week.” We go from our service of worship to our everyday life of worship. In order to do that, we need God’s blessing and equipping. What a powerful way to wrap up the book of Hebrews! In giving God’s blessing, the...


A Sacrifice of Praise

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 13:15-16 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise. . . . Hebrews 13:15 There has been a lot of discussion in Hebrews about sacrifice. We have heard clearly that Jesus is the perfect sacrifice for our sin. We no longer have to bring any sacrifices to priests to offer to God. As the book of Hebrews comes to a close, we may still find ourselves asking, “What can we do for God?” After explaining all that God has done for us,...


Fixing Our Eyes on Jesus

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 12:1-3 Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. Hebrews 12:1-2 I am a long-distance runner, so these verses resonate with me. The analogy of running the race that God has marked out for us is something I can relate to personally. As Christians, we are encouraged to get rid of whatever is hindering us from running a good race. We need to get rid of the sin that slows us down. As we...


Living by Faith

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-12, 24-31, 39-40 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1 In this chapter of Hebrews we find a long list of people whom we could call “heroes of faith.” These are descriptions of people whose faith in God showed in their actions as they lived out their everyday lives. Faith is intended to be lived out. Abraham and Sarah trusted God’s promises to take them to a new land and to give them...