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Sound the Trumpets

FAITH BOOSTER:

Sound the Trumpets [Jan. 07,2021]

WORD OF FAITH:

At your times of rejoicing—your appointed festivals and New Moon feasts—you are to sound the trumpets. Numbers 10:10

Also Read Numbers 10:8–10(NIV)

“Taps” is a trumpet call played by the US military at the end of the day as well as at funerals. I was amazed when I read the unofficial lyrics and discovered that many of the verses end with the phrase “God is nigh” (God is near). Whether before the dark of each night settles in or while mourning the loss of a loved one, the lyrics offer soldiers the beautiful assurance that God is near.

In the Old Testament, trumpets were also a reminder to the Israelites that God was near. In the middle of celebrating the feasts and festivals that were part of the covenant agreement between God and the nation of Israel, the Jews were to “sound the trumpets” (Numbers 10:10). Blowing a trumpet was a reminder not only of God’s presence but also that He was available when they needed Him most—and He longed to help them.

Today, we still need reminders that God is near. And in our own style of worship, we too can call out to God in prayer and song. Perhaps our prayers can be thought of as trumpets asking God to help us. And the beautiful encouragement is that God always hears those calls (1 Peter 3:12). To each of our pleas, He responds with the assurance of His presence that strengthens and comforts us in the difficulties and sorrows of life.

 QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:

  • When have your prayers felt like calls for help?
  • How does the reminder that God listens to our prayers encourage you?

PRAYER OF FAITH:

Heavenly Father, thank You that You respond to my call for help and assure me of Your powerful presence and love. 

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People Forget

FAITH BOOSTER:

People Forget [Nov. 07,2020]

WORD OF FAITH:

Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way. Deuteronomy 8:2

Also Deuteronomy 8:2,10–18(NIV)

A woman complained to her pastor that she’d noticed a lot of repetition in his sermons. “Why do you do that?” she queried. The preacher replied, “People forget.”

There are lots of reasons we forget—the passage of time, growing older, or just being too busy. We forget passwords, names of people, or even where we parked our car. My husband says, “There’s only so much I can fit in my brain. I have to delete something before I can remember something new.”

The preacher was right. People forget. So we often need reminders to help us remember what God has done for us. The Israelites had a similar tendency. Even with the many miracles they’d seen, they still needed to be reminded of His care for them. In Deuteronomy 8, God reminded the Israelites that He’d allowed them to experience hunger in the wilderness, but then provided an amazing superfood for them every day—manna. He supplied clothing that never wore out. He led them through a wilderness of snakes and scorpions and provided water from a rock. They’d learned humility, as they realized how totally dependent they were on God’s care and provision (vv. 2–4, 15–18).

God’s faithfulness “continues through all generations” (Psalm 100:5). Whenever we find ourselves forgetting, we can think about the ways He’s answered our prayers, and that reminds us of His goodness and faithful promises.

 QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:

  • In what areas do you struggle to trust God?
  • What Bible verses help you to remember how much He cares for you?

PRAYER OF FAITH:

Dear Father, thank You for always being faithful. Help me to trust You in whatever I face today.

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