I am not sure of the why on the other things, but we Â can’t really blame Ammon and Moab on God. Â Problems are Â a part of life, a part of God ‘s plan to train us, to make Â us who He wants us to be. Â Â Â But what if the Â problems were created by our own wrong decisions?
The nation of Israel had at least two such Â problems. Â One was Ammon. One was Moab. Ammon Â became a bitter enemy and opposed Israel (the followers Â of God) in future generations. Â It was Moab that Â refused Israel passage through the land after coming out of Â Egypt. It was Moab that hired Balaam to curse Israel. Â Â In Psalm 108:9, we find an interesting description of Â Moab. We read, “Moab is my washpot.” J. Vernon McGee says Â that one way to paraphrase this is, “Moab is my garbage Â can.” Â It was a place that God frowned upon and its Â people were an outcast people. Moab in the Bible is a type Â of the old man and the fleshly desires of the old Â life.
These problems began with Lot, who was the nephew of Â Abraham. Â Lot had no sons, only two daughters. Â A man would be greatly saddened if he did Â not have a male heir to continue the family Â name. Genesis 19:31-38 says that the daughters Â were concerned for their father, but rather than Â choosing to wait on God, they decided Â to take matters into their own hands. Â One of the girls came up with a plan to get dad drunk and sleep with Â him one night. Â She then had her Â sister do the same the next night. Â One daughter gave birth to Moab who became father of the Moabites. One daughter gave birth to Ammon who became father of Â Ammonites.
The nations of Moab and Ammon are the bi-products of not waiting on God!
In the Hebrew, Moab has several meanings:
Money charged on the Visa card instead of Â waiting for God to supply
Problem caused because you left your old job and took Â a new job instead of waiting on Â God to fix the old job
Marrying a boy of your choosing rather than Â waiting on God’s Â choice…and now you find you married a ‘loser’
Partner you took into the business because you needed Â his money rather than wait on God to provide the Â capital…and your partner is a ‘crook’
Anything you do when you don’t wait on Â God!
Now that’s not what Moab really means in the Hebrew. But Â that is what Moab and Ammon represent in real life.
If you are about to make a decision and you don’t Â have the go ahead from God…WAIT, you are about to birth a Â MOAB!
Some of you have asked if ReFocus is an incorporated, Â non-profit, 501 (c) 3? Â We are now. Â We are Â incorporated as ReFocus Ministry, Inc. Our 501 (c) 3 Â will be approved shortly. Â This means that all Â contributions to our ministry are tax-deductible. Â Â We still maintain the posture that God has led us to. We Â will only tell God of our needs. Â But we will tell Â everyone when God meets our needs.Â Â We believe that God has led us to be a demonstration to the church that you can trust God.Â By simply praying about our needs, God touches the hearts of people to give. God amazes us with Â what He is doing in the realm of our finances.
Billy and Sheilah Dawsby