Reading: Leviticus 26: 11-16
Introduction: These verses show us what an awesome and powerful God we have. They also show us how much God loves us. He WANTS to live among us and call us His people. However, He expects His people to really ACT like they belong to Him, by obeying Him and loving Him. When they obey Him, He dwells with them, blesses them, and protects them. When they do not obey Him, they are faced with many dangers.
“David Livingstone’s Faith” was written by Howard J. Chidley and published in Fifty-Two Story Talks for Boys and Girls in 1914. Now out of print, it is available free online.
[David Livingstone] was trying to cross one of the rivers of Africa one day with his little company of men, when the savages in that locality tried to prevent him. They gathered in large numbers with their spears and poisoned arrows and war-clubs, and blocked his way to the river. Livingstone and his little company were no match for these hostile warriors, and it looked as if he and his men would be killed.
Then he thought of a scheme of waiting till nightfall and of crossing over under cover of the darkness. But later that seemed to him a cowardly thing to do, and he tells us how the verse in the Bible came back to him in which Jesus says: “All power is given unto Me in heaven and on earth. Go ye therefore and teach all nations … and lo! I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.”
[He] said of this verse: “It is the word of a Gentleman of the most sacred and strictest honour, and there is an end on’t. I feel quite calm now, thank God.”
Next morning he crossed the river without any difficulty, although the bank was lined with savages armed to the teeth.
I think that is always the way when we trust in Christ. He has promised never to leave us nor forsake us, and we can rely upon His word.
“For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare
and not for calamity
to give you a future and a hope.
Then you will call upon Me and come
and pray to Me, and I will listen to you….”
For Further Study:
- Read verse 13 again. God brought the Israelites out of Egypt so that they would not have to be slaves. Do you know that God does that for people in the world also? See John 8:34 and Romans 6:17-18.
- If you look again at Leviticus chapter 26, you can see that after verse 16 God lists all the different curses He will send on the Israelites if they do not obey Him. They’re really serious! But then look further down at verses 44-45. Every time the Israelites called on God, He answered. God was that way with the Israelites, and He is that way with us. No matter how long it took them to come back, God was always waiting for them to return to Him. God loves His children very, very much.
- What do you worry about? Is there anything that puts “terror” in you, or makes your soul “pine away” (Leviticus 26:16)? What has God given you to help you with these worries?