Lift up your head.
In Hebrew: Naso et-rosh.
The English version of most Bibles translates this to say: take a census, or be counted. In Numbers 4:1-2 this makes an oversimplified statement of the historical activity.
The Israelites had left Egypt, spent two years in the desert, and constructed the Tabernacle. They were no longer slaves to the Egyptians. Now they were to look to the Lord their God for new direction and a new life purpose.
Naso et-rosh does not just mean “take a census.”
In context, to those people, the weight of the meaning of those Hebrew words meant so much more!
Naso et-rosh means to lift up your head, gaze intently into the clarity of the Holy One and accept the purpose and the passion for who you were created to be.
Usually we live life running busily from one task to another – even trying to multitask to get more done in less time. But in these times of worldwide pandemic and isolating at home we have plenty of time on our hands to take a moment for a spiritual refreshing. We can make the time to seek in prayer and in God’s Word the essence of who we are and who God wants us to be.
Many of us will emerge from this pandemic with cleaner houses and a few extra pounds. But you have the opportunity to emerge with a new sense of God-given purpose and direction.
Set aside 10 minutes each day this week to hear from the Lord. Wait expectantly to hear something exciting. Imagine yourself, His child, passing through ascending tongues of fire (like Moses saw on the burning bush – fire that burned but did not consume the bush) and coming into His presence.
Ask God to speak to you, and then listen – with your spirit. Write down anything you believe you hear. About who you are. About how He created you with special gifts and talents and a unique personality. About where He is already working and how He invites you to join Him in that work.
Confirm what you have heard by comparing it to what God says in His Word and with the fruit of the spirit. For more on how to do this see my blog post Googling God part 3 click here.
“Naso et-rosh” invites you to spend time with your Creator in order to seek out and receive from Him.
Accept the invitation.
Lift up your head!