Bible Reading: Numbers 11:1-15
What extent has absent-mindedness led you to? Have you ever been looking for your keys, not realising they were all the while in your hand? Have you ever typed a message to report someone and then mistakenly sent it to the person that you were trying to report? Have you ever snoozed and snoozed the alarm till you were eventually late for an exam? If you ever ran an errand for your African parents and then absent-mindedly delivered it to your mum instead of your dad, you would probably have heard the words ‘Where is your mind?!’
I think that’s really the big question.
Where is your mind?
As you follow Jesus this year, where is your mind? In building your home and enterprise, where is your mind? We all have the power to (almost literally) take our minds out of our heads and put it in a place, or an activity, or an event, or a person and so on.
In our reading today, we meet the Israelites in the middle of an amazing miracle- not only have they recently walked through the Red Sea as though it were dry land, now they’d been eating angel-baked manna which was being supplied daily into their camp, straight from heaven! But they took their minds away from the wonder of a miracle and placed it in the land of bondage where they were coming from!
Now, can you imagine them all complaining and weeping:
‘Moses heard all the families standing around their tent doors weeping, and the anger of the Lord grew hot; Moses too was highly displeased.’ Numbers 11:10 TLB
It’s annoying! You’ll be wondering, what do they actually have to weep about?! Well, they were weeping about some missing items on the menu- garlic and onions, and the like.
That’s amazing. In the middle of such wonder, their mindedness stole away their sense of wonder.
Our mindedness will determine our disposition to life and our experience of life this year and beyond.
Where is your mind?
As you think about the ability you have to be put your mind in something or take it away, there are three things I’ll encourage you to never lose a mindedness about this year and beyond:
1. Here and Now is Not Where it Started
We need to be mindful of the fact that there’s an Egypt behind us. This, in itself, is a testimony that God has been at work in our lives! It gives us a renewed perspective about the challenges we face in today.
This is why praise and thanksgiving to God is so powerful and should never be far from our lips. There must be a mindedness in what has been and the many ways God has shown up for us. When David faced Goliath, we see that same principle when he starts talking about the Lord delivering him from lions and bears. He’s simply saying ‘here and now is not where tough battles started’.
Here and now is not the first time I’ll be healed from sickness, or rescued from a difficult situation.
If- and that’s the big if… If we will be mindful of it, there’s more than enough God has done in our lives already that affirm Him to be faithful beyond a shadow of doubt.
- Here and Now is a Part of the Process
Again, we must be mindful that God gives us a promise of His presence in every season and situation that we walk through. We all love the joy of a new baby, but pregnancy is part of the process. We love the taste of good food, but the heat of cooking is part of the process.
We need to learn to stop loving the product and demonising the process. Our mindedness must be strong enough to connect the process with the product. We must not just love to be strong people of good character, we must rejoice in God’s training and discipline process. We must not just love our pay cheque at the end of the month, we must love the work during the month.
When the weight of the process feels heavy, we need to be mindful of the joy of the product:
Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2 NKJV
- Here and Now isn’t All There is To the Story.
Thirdly, I’ll encourage you not to allow your mind to be enslaved to the here and now. God calls us as followers of Jesus to a journey that is entrenched in hope. Our mindedness must constantly leak a belief in more than the apparent. Truly, we might be in a wilderness now, but we must stay minded of a promised land that is ahead.
We must not be absent minded when it comes to the hope that God invites us to be walking in as His people. There’s More To Come! This isn’t all there is to the story.
Be renewed in the spirit of your mind Ephesians 4:23 NKJV
As we wait on God today, let’s trust the Holy Spirit to help us renew our mindedness, towards thanksgiving and praise for all that’s behind, towards courage and strength in where we are, and towards hope and faith for what’s to come.
I really need a strong and focused mind to handle the realities of a huge year ahead of me.
In Prayer Today
Pray today to be renewed in the spirit of your mind. Pray not to be absent minded when it comes to the things of God’s promise and plan for you this year, but instead, the Holy Spirit will make you strongly minded in faith and hope.
Remind Your Mind – Tolulope Moody – https://sycamore.church/messages/remind-your-mind/
PS. Thank you to everyone who was a part of our faith-filled prayer chain at the Surge Online Day of Prayer yesterday! We’ll continue to be in prayers for every one of the requests shared.