Numbers 4 is not a place most people flip to for encouragement. Moses is counting the Levites and assigning tabernacle jobs like carrying lampstands and tables. It's a long, detailed list. But at the end, the Scripture reads, "...they were numbered...each according to his service and according to his task..."
You are probably sitting saying, "And..."
I agreed. I had read this verse multiple times and every other time I would have been right there with you. But not this time. These men were chosen for a job and each job, whether it was carrying the ark or dragging a board through the desert, had a purpose.
You are chosen. I am chosen. We are chosen. For a job. And each job has a purpose. Your marriage. Your children. Your family obligations. How you make a living. How you serve God. You have a purpose and God has chosen you for the job He has given you. Even if it seems like your job is hauling a set of poles, those poles have a purpose that we will not be able to see until we "make camp" in heaven. There God Himself will shows us their value as part of the "righteous acts of the saints" (Revelation 19:8).
This is the blog post I sat down to write four weeks ago, "What I Learned From Numbers 4:49". But how good is our God? He gives more than we can imagine. It's exactly what we need at precisely the right moment. Happy Thanksgiving!
Come with me as we grow in fellowship with each other and our Savior to whom belongs the Amazing Escape from sin and death and the Amazing Journey into glorious life.