The sprout test

Place these staffs in the Tabernacle in front of the Ark containing the tablets of the Covenant, where I meet with you. Buds will sprout on the staff belonging to the man I choose. Then I will finally put an end to the people’s murmuring and complaining against you.” (Numbers 17:4, 5 NLT)

When God chose a leader to lead, He relives the pressure off the leader to prove his/her authority.

Beware, God do allow a season for others to see the leader is not so perfect. But then, God will move with a mighty power for everyone to realize that it is indeed He who has chosen and appointed that leader to lead them.

For this to happen, the leader has to refrain from all arguments and quarrel; willfully come to a place of humility by submitting him/herself before the Word of God (tablets of the Covenant) and waiting in His presence (Ark, Tabernacle) until God brings the supernatural life and fruitfulness in the authority He gave.

No self promoters survive this sprout test. Let’s place ours under the Word’s check and soak it with His presence until it sprouts!

On that day the Lord exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel, and they revered him throughout his life, as they had revered Moses. Joshua 4:14

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Waiting by the mercy seat

So it is God who decides to show mercy. We can neither choose it nor work for it. Romans 8:16

When David sinned in spirit against God by taking census, he opted to fall into the hands of God trusting in His mercy! (1 Chronicles 21:12-13)

God is just, the righteous, the perfect, the holy and the almighty – yet, He is the only fortress we can run to even when we were against Him and sinned against Him. His mercies are unbelievable (that’s why it is called mercy!).

God’s mercy and forgiveness are the only reason we survive. Because of His mercy we get back up again, we have a tomorrow and expect to be rescued!

Let’s wait upon Him to show us mercy, for He is good!

We keep looking to the Lord our God for his mercy, just as servants keep their eyes on their master, as a slave girl watches her mistress for the slightest signal. Psalm 123:2