Adding Prayer to Lent - Day 19

I love to read fortune cookies. I don't believe they have any 'fortune-telling' ability; I just enjoy them. This one gave me pause though. Do or do not. There is no try.

I once heard a speaker use this phrase to convince a woman she had not "tried everything" to save her marriage. If you try, you are not doing. It's the middle spot between doing and not doing.

I do not believe in 'numerology' or the 'lucky numbers' stated on the fortune. I will not even entertain the notions, so please do not comment on these issues. I did however, look up the references in Numbers in the Old Testament.

Numbers 11--The Israelites complained and incurred God's wrath...Moses prayed to the LORD and the fire died down...(verse 2)

Take a look back...

Numbers 7-- The Israelites were doing pretty well up to here. They had 12 days of offerings, which pleased the LORD. In chapter 9, they were given clear direction that could have only come from God. But by chapter 10, they were complaining; it started with little things, but the divisions grew. And continued to grow.

Jump far ahead...

Numbers 25:3-8--The LORD became angry again. The Israelites still didn't understand-"So Israel joined in worshipping the Baal of Peor...". Still choosing to do as they wanted, not what God had commanded.

Back towards the start...

Numbers 5--The LORD told Moses to ready the people (the camp) for purity. God has explicit instructions for what He finds acceptable in His sight.

Skip forward a bit...

Numbers 17--The downward spiral that started in chapter eleven was in full swing. The leaders rebelled against Moses, and Korah, the Levite, instigated his own mini-rebellion. My Life-Application NIV Bible states it this way:

"...the list of complaints boils down to three statements-- 1) you are no better than anyone else; 2) everyone in Israel has been chosen of the Lord; 3) we don't need to obey you."

The first two statements are spot on. Even Moses would agree he was no better than anyone else, and yes, all of the Israelites were God's chosen people.

Amazing to see how Korah twisted those two true statements to reach a wrong conclusion.

How often do we twist the truth to suit our own desires?

How often do we try...but never succeed?

Do or Do not. There is no try.