Numbered - New Year's Prep
INTRO: Such a rad year
Church life! As a church/youth we did HUGE things...
12 So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.
Focus on vs 29!
Wisdom comes from knowing you’ve only got a limited time to do something
EX: NOTHING MOTIVATES like a deadline - lol.
When you have a report, you’ve never worked faster than you do the night before it’s DUE!!!
That’s what God is sharing here - that when you know that there’s an end coming and we pay it mind, then we start to gain wisdom on how to see it come to pass.
Then, Moses is talking to all the people some of his last words, he’s reminding them of all the good stuff that God has done and wants to do for them in this book called Deuteronomy.
He’s reminding them of where they did things right and how to fix what went wrong.
28 “For they are a nation void of counsel, and there is no understanding in them. 29 If they were wise, they would understand this; they would discern their latter end! 30 How could one have chased a thousand, and two have put ten thousand to flight, unless their Rock had sold them, and the Lord had given them up? 31 For their rock is not as our Rock; our enemies are by themselves.
Vs 29 tells us that if we know what END we want to see, then we can easily find out how we should live NOW!
IF they had understanding then they would know that the only way to reach that end was through God’s grace and strength, that they could chase away their enemies, instead the enemies were chasing them!!
IF they looked at things through God’s perspective then they would see their “Rock” (God” was greater than the enemies’ “rock” (fading gods, temporary reward, weakly masters)
10 Each one of you will put to flight a thousand of the enemy, for the Lord your God fights for you, just as he has promised. 11 So be very careful to love the Lord your God.
THIS is how we ought to be!
You got to tell tell God - I want the Thousands!
The difference is vs 11 - be CAREFUL to love the Lord your God.
Tonight: Let’s number our days!! Let’s see where we’ve been and where we ought to go!
ONE/ What was your Favorite Memory of 2017
TWO/ What was the biggest challenge in 2017?
THREE/ What what your biggest accomplishment in 2017?
FOUR/ What’s One Big Goal you have in 2018
What’s One Big Goal you have in 2018