Now it came to pass, when Moses had finished setting up the tabernacle, that he anointed it and consecrated it and all its furnishings, and the altar and all its utensils; so he anointed them and consecrated them. Then the leaders of Israel, the heads of their fathers' houses, who were the leaders of the tribes and over those who were numbered, made an offering. (Numbers 7:1-2)
And they brought their offering before the LORD, six covered carts and twelve oxen, a cart for every two of the leaders, and for each one an ox; and they presented them before the tabernacle. Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, "Accept these from them, that they may be used in doing the work of the tabernacle of meeting; and you shall give them to the Levites, to every man according to his service." (Numbers 7:3-5)
But why would Moses hesitate in taking these gifts?
I think he just wanted to be sure that he was not taking it because it made sense to him.
He wanted to make sure that this would be what God wanted too.
And I think that this is a good lesson for us to learn.
Just because someone wants to give us something does not mean we should automatically take it.
We should take some time to pray and seek God to find out if this is what He wants for us.
Whether that is a job or some business opportunity, or moving into a new situation we should take time to pray about it before just doing it because it looks good.
Moses could have looked at this situation and thought it was a great opportunity and just took the gifts.
And remember back when they were accepting gifts for the tabernacle for the construction he actually had to tell the people to stop giving.
They were bringing more than what was needed.
So Moses he hesitates until God makes it clear to him that it is ok to take the gifts.
In the same way we need to take time to pray and seek God before reacting to situations.
We will see later on in the Old Testament that a couple people agreed to something that looked good without seeking God first.
Both of those situations ended up wrong and God had to correct them.
With us, God may not speak to us directly from heaven like He did for Moses.
But at least if we take the time to seek Him then He can change our thoughts and desires to follow His will.
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