Continued from Yesterday's Devotion...
Read: Numbers 14 - 1-3 Then the whole community began weeping aloud, and they cried all night. Their voices rose in a great chorus of protest against Moses and Aaron. “If only we had died in Egypt, or even here in the wilderness!” they complained. “Why is the Lord taking us to this country only to have us die in battle? Our wives and our little ones will be carried off as plunder! Wouldn’t it be better for us to return to Egypt?”
verse 27-30 Then the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “How long must I put up with this wicked community and its complaints about me? Yes, I have heard the complaints the Israelites are making against me. Now tell them this: ‘As surely as I live, declares the Lord, I will do to you the very things I heard you say. You will all drop dead in this wilderness! Because you complained against me, every one of you who is twenty years old or older and was included in the registration will die. You will not enter and occupy the land I swore to give you. The only exceptions will be Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun.
verse 24- 25 Because your men explored the land for forty days, you must wander in the wilderness for forty years—a year for each day, suffering the consequences of your sins. Then you will discover what it is like to have me for an enemy.’ I, the Lord, have spoken! I will certainly do these things to every member of the community who has conspired against me. They will be destroyed here in this wilderness, and here they will die!”
verse 36-38 The ten men Moses had sent to explore the land—the ones who incited rebellion against the Lord with their bad report were struck dead with a plague before the Lord. Of the twelve who had explored the land, only Joshua and Caleb remained alive.
When the 12 men came back to Kedesh to report to Moses, Aaron, and the Israelites what they saw in Canaan, the Israelites had an important decision to make. Were they going to believe the report of the 10 men who said, "the men there were the size of GIANTS and compared to them we are as grasshoppers", or were they going to believe the report of Caleb who said, "Do not rebel against the Lord, and don’t be afraid of the people of the land. They are only helpless prey to us! They have no protection, but the LORD is with us! Don’t be afraid of them!” We know from the scripture above that the Israelites chose to believe the 10 men, and this caused them to face dire consequences.
When we go through life we too hear a lot of reports. We hear reports at the doctors office, in the news, from our family and friends, etc. We hear all kinds of things said about us... and we have a choice to make. We can believe the report of others or we can believe the report of God.
The world may say 'you are a nobody' - but God says YOU ARE HIS CHILD -(See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him (1 John 3:1).
The world may say 'you have no friends, no one likes you' - but God says YOU ARE HIS FRIEND - I no longer call you slaves, because the slave does not understand what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because I have revealed to you everything I heard from my Father (John 15:15).
The world may say 'you won't ever be accepted (fit in) - but God says YOU ARE RECEIVED BY ME - Receive one another, then, just as Christ also received you, to God's glory (Romans 15:7).
The world may say 'this disease will kill you - but God says YOU SHALL LIVE AND NOT DIE - I will not die; instead, I will live to tell what the LORD has done (Psalm 118:17).
The world may say 'you have no family' - but God says YOU ARE MY CHILD - So you are no longer a slave but a son, and if you are a son, then you are also an heir through God (Galatians 4:7).
The world may say 'your sick and you won't get well' - but God says BY MY STRIPES YOU ARE HEALED - He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed (1 Peter 2:24).
Whose report will you believe? Just like the Israelites had a choice of what to believe, you do to. You can believe the worlds lies or you can believe the TRUTH of what God says about you in His Word.