This past weekend, Jael and I took a late-anniversary/early-Seminary-graduation getaway to Waco, Texas. We’ve been fans of the HGTV show ‘Fixer Upper’ for a while, and so we finally took the plunge to skip town for a few days for a pilgrimage to the town that hosts Baylor, Magnolia Market, and an eerily similar history to Clay Center and tornados.
It’s pretty much a straight shot south from here to Waco. Now, I’ve been to Texas a handful of times over the years, but I’ve always flown into Dallas or Houston airports. This was my first ‘experience’ driving the full distance, with the help of our trusty GPS-enabled cell phones. I actually paused for two-seconds in Wal-Mart to consider whether I should purchase an Atlas ‘just-in-case’, then disregarded the thought as foolishness. With all the progress of modern technology, what could possibly go wrong?
Honestly, a lot can go wrong, can’t it? The problem is rarely with the GPS though; it’s with the driver. For some unknown reason, although we’ve never been to a city before, we think that we know better than the 3” screen of endless maps that is telling us to turn right. We can see a road and think it’s a shortcut, only to find out it’s a one-way street in the other direction and we’re the only one who didn’t get the memo. The GPS can tell us the right thing to do – but we choose not to obey it.
Last week, Pastor Grant took us through Leviticus and the overarching truth that God has made his dwelling place with us. It’s upon that foundational truth that we catapult ourselves into the book of Numbers. If anyone should have had confidence in the directions they were getting from the GPS (God Positioning System), it should have been the Israelites as they headed out of Egypt into the promised land. In Numbers, we cover the 40 years the Israelites wandered in the desert, and their story serves to display for us what obedience looks like, how easy it is to slip into disobedience, and the long-suffering patience and covenant of God.
If you’re reading along with the Immerse study, happy reading! Keep watching for the thread of God’s faithfulness in spite of the Israelites’ failures. Have a great rest of your week and we’ll see you on Sunday. We can’t wait to dig into the book of Numbers with you!