During the time God was rescuing His people from Egypt and taking them to the Promised Land, many (and I mean many) went from a wonderful and glorified moment into struggle, frustration, emotion… and ultimately to exile and even death. Was this God’s will for them? Never! By God’s grace they were forgiven many times and taken care of along the road to the Promised Land. So how did it happen that so many fell into the path of death? I believe we can find the answer from our own life, and by witnessing those around us.
By God’s grace and His gift of forgiveness, we are all also in the journey of being rescued from the world and taken to His promised land – which is eternal life in heaven (Romans 5:15). Along the way, He gives us instructions through His word (the Bible) about how we should live our life and who we should follow. Sadly, you can find many believers of Christ who are constantly living in struggle, frustration, and emotion…instead of living in the truth that “God has said”. They begin to shift their direction back to the world, which is the path of death. Do they experience the moment of His glory? Do they say they have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior and are baptized in the water? They all are, just like the Israelites who received manna, walked through the Red Sea, and witnessed the thunder at Mt Zion, yet chose to disobey.
Let’s look at one example…
“This is what they reported to Moses: “We went to the land where you sent us. It really is a land flowing with milk and honey. Here’s some of its fruit. But the people who live there are strong, and the cities have walls and are very large…. Caleb told the people to be quiet and listen to Moses. Caleb said, “Let’s go now and take possession of the land. We should be more than able to conquer it.” But the men who had gone with him said, “We can’t attack those people! They’re too strong for us!” So they began to spread lies among the Israelites about the land they had explored…We felt as small as grasshoppers.” (Numbers 13:27, 28, 30, 31, 33, NIV)
“The Lord said, “I forgive them, as you have asked. But as I live and as the glory of the Lord fills the whole earth, I solemnly swear that none of the people who saw my glory and the miraculous signs I did in Egypt and in the desert will see the land which I promised their ancestors. They have tested me now ten times and refused to obey me. None of those who treat me with contempt will see it! But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and has wholeheartedly followed me, I’ll bring him to the land he already explored. His descendants will possess it.” (Numbers 14:20-24, NIV)
Who is the good example in this moment? The men who felt like grasshoppers, or Caleb? If we seek the answer from the Lord, then what we hear should be “The Lord said”. And what did He say? He said He will bring His servant Caleb to the land he already explored, and his descendants will possess it. So what did God see in Caleb? A different spirit and one who wholeheartedly followed Him. Okay, then what does it mean when it says a different spirit? A spirit of faith, and an obedient heart! He did not go and speak with his flesh, his own understanding, or by his own strength. And, he did not use his own logic to measure the situation. He trusted in the power of the Lord, he obeyed the word which is from Him, and he surrendered to His will. Caleb was there from the beginning of the journey and he had seen all of the miraculous signs that all the rest of the people had saw. He witnessed the glory of God through the pillars of cloud and fire. He experienced the time when they were fed with manna and quails after the people complained that they did not have food. He also saw water come from the rock when they thirsty. He was there, but rather than joining the group and whining, he chose to follow the Lord with faith.
So, my dear sisters, what is your choice? Who will you place your trust and faith in? And what group of people do you want to be with? My answer is that I am ALL IN with Christ!
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