“After twenty years of listening to the yearning’s of people’s hearts, I am
convinced that all human beings have an inborn desire for God. Whether we are consciously religious or not this desire is our deepest longing and our most precious treasure. It gives us meaning. Some of us have repressed this desire, burying it beneath so many other interests that we are completely unaware of it. Or we may experience it in different ways – as a longing for wholeness, completion, or fulfilment. Regardless of how we describe it, it is a longing for love. It is a hunger to love, to be loved and to move closer to the source of love. This yearning is the essence of the human spirit; it is the origin of our highest hopes and most noble dreams’. – Gerald May
O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. – Psalm 63:1
One has to love the blessings that Moses gives to each tribe found in Deuteronomy 33. If you have not compared them to the blessing that Jacob gave in Genesis 49, take a look.
We can look at these promises in light of spiritual values and understand the directions given to love God with all our hearts, to serve Him with the righteousness and holiness that He imparts to us and to not be afraid for the rest of our lives.
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4
In his blessings, Moses offers us hope in that we can have power over false gods and Satan’s stronghold – those things that have a hold on us. Faith and God’s Word – our shield and our sword.
Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. – John 14:23
The blessings given to Zebulon intrigue me the most as their blessings came down to their dwellings. Trying to look at the spiritual significance of this blessing I am reminded that our own bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit and we are encouraged to invite Him into our lives with His presence. Buildings are only shells or if you will, tools. We worship the Builder and not the building so our love is God and we keep His commandments. I think about Jesus standing at the door of my heart too, knocking, and if I open it, He will come in. It is this hope that invites me to practice the presence of God and to walk my life with Christ.
Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD, the shield of your help, and the sword of your triumph! Your enemies shall come fawning to you; and you shall tread upon their high places. – Deuteronomy 33:29
Laura Story – Who is like our God