Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 26, 2023

“Blessed be God, Who has not turned away my prayer Nor His lovingkindness from me.” – “With a long life I will satisfy him And let him see My salvation.”

Today’s devotion comes from Leviticus chapter 9.  Here is a link to this chapter –

I quote only the following verses herein.

“Now it came about on the eighth day that Moses called Aaron and his sons and the elders of Israel;  and he said to Aaron, “Take for yourself a calf, a bull, for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering, both without defect, and offer them before the LORD.  Then to the sons of Israel you shall speak, saying, ‘Take a male goat for a sin offering, and a calf and a lamb, both one year old, without defect, for a burnt offering, and an ox and a ram for peace offerings, to sacrifice before the LORD, and a grain offering mixed with oil;  for today the LORD will appear to you.’”  So they took what Moses had commanded to the front of the tent of meeting, and the whole congregation came near and stood before the LORD.  Moses said, “This is the thing which the LORD has commanded you to do, that the glory of the LORD may appear to you.”  Moses then said to Aaron, “Come near to the altar and offer your sin offering and your burnt offering, that you may make atonement for yourself and for the people;  then make the offering for the people, that you may make atonement for them, just as the LORD has commanded.”

Then Aaron lifted up his hands toward the people and blessed them, and he stepped down after making the sin offering and the burnt offering and the peace offerings.  Moses and Aaron went into the tent of meeting.  When they came out and blessed the people, the glory of the LORD appeared to all the people.  Then fire came out from before the LORD and consumed the burnt offering and the portions of fat on the altar; and when all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces.” Leviticus 9:1-7 and 22-24.


We may be tempted to worship God to get some dazzling sign or wonder like fire from heaven.  But, we are forbidden to test the LORD.  “Jesus said to him (the devil), “On the other hand, it is written, ‘YOU SHALL NOT PUT THE LORD YOUR GOD TO THE TEST.’”  Matthew 4:7.

“Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered Him, saying, `Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.”  But He answered and said to them, `An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign;  and yet no sign shall be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet;”  Matthew 12:38-39.

After “Doubting” Thomas saw, heard, and felt Jesus, he thought he “believed”.  But, “Jesus said to him, ‘Because you have seen Me, have you believed?  Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.’” John 20:29.

“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”  Hebrews 11:6.

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”  Hebrews 11:1.

“For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope;  for why does one also hope for what he sees?  But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.”  Romans 8:24-25.

But, there is hope that when we worship God as we should, then God will appear to us in some way.  

“For when God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “I WILL SURELY BLESS YOU AND I WILL SURELY MULTIPLY YOU.”  And so, having patiently waited, he obtained the promise.”  Hebrews 6:13-15.

“God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”  John 4:24.

“And He *said to them, “It is written, ‘MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER’;  but you are making it a ROBBERS’ DEN.”  Matthew 21:3.

“16 Come and hear, all who fear God,
And I will tell of what He has done for my soul.
17 I cried to Him with my mouth,
And He was extolled with my tongue.
18 If I regard wickedness in my heart,
The Lord will not hear;
19 But certainly God has heard;
He has given heed to the voice of my prayer.
20 Blessed be God,
Who has not turned away my prayer
Nor His lovingkindness from me.
” Psalm 66:16-20.

“15 “He will call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
16 “With a long life I will satisfy him
And let him see My salvation.
” Psalm 91:15-16.


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