July 09, 2020

Sharing the Good Things of God

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’ invitation wasn’t made just for what Hobab could do, but also for what Israel could share with him. Moses said, “Come along, ‘for the Lord has promised good things to Israel.’” Moses knew that God would bless Israel, and he wanted Hobab to experience that. In this way Moses was inviting Hobab to join in the spiritual inheritance of Israel.

Sometimes we resist sharing our faith because we feel like we’re pushing something on someone else. But when we share the good news of Jesus Christ, we are calling others to come along and experience God’s grace and love. God calls us to keep sharing his good news and love with others always. Moses promised Hobab, “We will share with you whatever good things the Lord gives us.” Sharing the good things of God is always a part of our living with God.

Whom could you invite to come along on the journey of grace and faith? A friend or relative? God’s grace is too good to keep to ourselves. Let’s share it.

Lord God, may we be faithful to share your good gifts—your love, peace, forgiveness, and joy. Give us courage to invite others into life with you. Amen.

About the author — Tom Groelsema

Tom Groelsema and his wife, Sheri, have served churches in Minnesota, Michigan, and North Carolina. They have four children and three granddaughters.

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