Tuesday, December 26th, 2023
35 So it was, whenever the ark set out, that Moses said:
“Rise up, O Lord!
Let Your enemies be scattered,
And let those who hate You flee before You.”
36 And when it rested, he said:
“Return, O Lord,
To the many thousands of Israel.”
God highlighted this scripture to me a few days ago. As I was reading it, He showed me that this is a current day vision of what it looks like when Holy Spirit goes with us. Whenever we go out, we can ask God to scatter our enemies before us. This doesn’t imply that we will never see enemies. In fact, the word “before” in the original Hebrew means “face”. So, the enemies that are right in front of our face, God will scatter before us as we are looking on. And when we return to our place of rest, we can ask Holy Spirit to flood our dwelling with His presence. The beautiful thing about what Jesus did on the cross is that we really can rest in Holy Spirit’s presence everywhere we go. It isn’t confined to a tabernacle anymore. But I still love this vision of Holy Spirit settling on the place that we call home and restoring our bodies.
One requirement of these blessings is our faith. If we go out filled with fear and worry, then any challenge or enemy we face along the way becomes a source of discouragement. If instead we go out standing on verse 35, then whatever enemy we come across is an opportunity to witness the power of God to scatter our enemies before us. It really is all in our perspective and our trust in God to do what He said He would.
As we prepare to enter a new year, whether we are going out or resting, declare these scriptures to God and believe that His word never returns to Him void. He will scatter your enemies before you when you go out and He will envelope you in His sweet rest when you meet Him in that secret place.