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Only Do Not Fear
4/7/2017

If the LORD delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, 'a land which flows with milk and honey.’ Only do not rebel against the LORD, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the LORD is with us. Do not fear them. Numbers 14:8-9 (NKJV)

Have you ever lost something seemingly in your grasp? Such was the case of the Israelites as they were to inherit the Promised Land. They were so close, and yet so far. Joshua and Caleb were two of the twelve spies sent out to scout out the land, and they had come back with a favorable report, a great attitude, and a proper perspective — saying, “Hey, if God delights in us, then He will brings us into this land and give it to us…only do not fear…” Unfortunately, the people didn’t care for what Joshua and Caleb had to say, and they wanted to pick up rocks and stone them. (Num. 14:10) 

This is a very sad story, but there is much for us to glean from it. God had given His people a promise of great value, as they were to inherit so much land and wealth. All He required was for them to walk in faith and to be obedient. And yet most of these people never received God’s blessings because of their doubt, fear, and stubborn rebellion. Instead they spent 40 years meandering in the desert. (Num. 14:28-34) 

We can find ourselves in the same predicament today as these Israelites faced back then. It can happen when we doubt God’s Word and the promises contained within it. When we take our eyes off of God and we put them back on the things we find challenging or tempting us, we will find our desires will change. When this happens we will find ourselves uncomfortable, dissatisfied, and discontent. 

God has told us He has plans for each of us as His Children, and we have also been given many amazing promises. But if we are to receive these blessings, we must do what the Israelites failed to do — we must walk in faith, and choose to be obedient.

Let’s not make the same mistake of openly defying God. Let’s choose to surrender our lives to our Lord, and submit to His perfect will for every situation. After all, His ways are much better than ours.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 (NKJV)

STUDY QUESTION: According to Isaiah 55:8-9, what can we learn to encourage us when we find ourselves doubting our future?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are in you in agreement about God’s ways being better than yours?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let God do the planning for your life, and trust in His perfect provision. Remember, He will open doors no man can close, and close doors no man can open. (Rev. 3:7)

PRAYER: Father, thank You for Your abundant provision for all my needs. Lord, I am sorry for the times I have doubted, grumbled, become bitter, and have complained. Help me to see things as You do. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 


Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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