Genuine compliments build relationships
Numbers 10: 29 “Now Moses said to Hobab the son of Reuel the Midianite, Moses’ father-in-law, “We are setting out for the place of which the LORD said, ‘I will give it to you.’ Come with us, and we will treat you well; for the LORD has promised good things to Israel.”
Hobab was a Gentile by race, but he was invited to fellowship with Israel in all the blessings of their covenant.
Hobab, Moses’ Midianite brother-in-law, was giving assistance to Moses with his knowledge of wilderness.
But now, he is determined to return to his own people.
Though Israel was guided by God, there was still help needed by man – men like Reuel.
Since he knew God could use Reuel in a significant way, Moses was willing to appeal to him – and not take an initial “no” as an answer.
Here Moses and Hobab are demonstrating a sincere relationship.
Moses and Hobab’s relationship demonstrates, how important it can be to point out value in the people around us.
A kind, genuine, thoughtful compliment is like a form of magic—it has the power to turn someone’s day around in an instant and make them feel proud, happy, and appreciated.
Genuine compliments build relationships.
But remember, “Keep It Sincere and Specific.”
In fact, giving compliments is a form of leadership and influence, because people love to be around positive people.
Giving a genuine compliment requires us to look for the good in others.
It forms powerful bonds between people.
Let others see the good in us as we see in them.
Jooley Mathew Z
Verse of the Day 📜
Whether the cloud stayed over the tabernacle for two days or a month or a year, the Israelites would remain in camp and not set out; but when it lifted, they would set out. – Numbers 9:22
The CLOUD would remain, or stand still, when God wanted His people to also remain still. This phrase “the cloud remained” is repeated again and again throughout the book of Numbers; first because it was a supernatural miracle that deserved repeating, and second, to catch our attention. .
The cloud moving or stopping was God’s method of speaking in a very clear and unmistakable way. No one could miss His message. And it would be particularly clear in a desert environment when sunshine suddenly started beating on a black-goat-hair tent. It would definitely get the attention of everyone inside. And it would be equally clear when the cool shade from the cloud came over them. Then they would know that God was leading them to stop and rest.
The concept of rest was already plainly built into the structure of the week – the Sabbath. At the end of each and every week, a Sabbath day of rest caused the cadence of the week to stop, and the people of God would take time out to rest. So it is safe to assume then, that at a very minimum, one day out of seven the Pillar of Cloud would stand still.
Perhaps this catches our eye because most of us find it easier to do a job or activity, than to wait on God. For most of us, it is during a time of quiet rest that we most clearly hear God’s voice. No doubt that is why the Holy Spirit said through the Psalmist to “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).
The urgency is often a good thing but not the best thing. Too often we choose the good over the best and allow it to take over our lives. Perhaps the emptiest lives are those that are stuffed with daily activity from sunup to sundown. So When the Pillar of Cloud stands still in our life, we need to focus our attention entirely on the Lord.
Heavenly father thank you for the word you have given us. Thank you Lord that today we believers are under the guidance of the cloud of Holy Spirit, who instructs when to start and when to stop in everything we do in life. Thank you Jesus for giving us the Holy Spirit in guiding us in every step of our life,
In Jesus name we pray,
A lost sheep found by Jesus 🐑 ✝️