Maybe We Aren’t As Smart As We Think
Read Numbers Chapter 13
Nu 13:26 They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran. There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land. 27 They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. 28 But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. 29 The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan.” 30 Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” 31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” 32 And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. 33 We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”
How often have we read this story, and scoffed at the Israelites’ lack of faith and understanding? We look at the account of the spies and how the land they explored was indeed the “Land of Milk and Honey,” and thought to ourselves, “How did they ever reach such an obviously unwise decision?” Then we think of all the many times God rescued them, provided for them, miraculously guided them through the desert, and wonder how they could have failed to trust God this one more time. “Surely, if I had been there, I would have sided with Joshua and Caleb!” Would I?
What do we do today? We have the great promises of God littered throughout His word. His promises are far more trustworthy than any man’s promises, and they are more trustworthy than any government, theological theories, or any material accomplishments we often place our faith in. Despite knowing all that, we SSA men and women look at our “Promised Land,” and turn our backs to it in order to continue to indulge in the activities of our “Desert Wasteland.”
The SSA world is littered with those who have looked at the richness of heeding God’s call to a promised land, and have refused to charge forward and take hold of it.
Mt 10:39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
We have such an obvious choice in life – do we follow the pathway that God has laid out before us, one which will definitely end in our entering into eternal bliss? Or do we look back toward that parched desert and say to ourselves, “I think I can make a go of it here.” We can choose life by listening to our Lord, or we can choose death in the arid desert. We might think we are better off living off cactus juice, but we are not. We have a land flowing with milk and honey, just up the road from where we are now.
We can choose to look at the obvious obstacles before us and let fear keep us from moving forward, or we can look at the obvious blessings that await us and continue our journey. Those blessings are the “sure thing,” while our obstacles are a mirage. The “Egypt” we left is also a mirage. You and I have chosen correctly, but we must remain determined to move forward and attack that giant who threatens to turn us around and chase us back into the desert. That giant, Satan, is our enemy, and our enemy has already been overcome. He is no threat to those who have chosen to follow Christ and persevere to the end.
Prayer: Father, we choose Your Promised Land. But more importantly, we choose You. You will be there in our Promised Land. That’s all we need to know. Give us strength to continue our walk out of the desert into Your land of plenty. Thank You!