“Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.”
Begin your time with God in prayer:
Praise God for who He is. Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him. Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life. Yield your will to God’s will.
Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart:
Numbers 14:5-10 - "Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the people of Israel. 6 And Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes 7 and said to all the congregation of the people of Israel, “The land, which we passed through to spy it out, is an exceedingly good land. 8 If the Lord delights in us, he will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land that flows with milk and honey. 9 Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. Their protection is removed from them, and the Lord is with us; do not fear them.” 10 Then all the congregation said to stone them with stones. But the glory of the Lord appeared at the tent of meeting to all the people of Israel."
How did Joshua and Caleb respond to the congregation’s desire for a leader to take them back to Egypt (5-6)?
What did they try to help the congregation understand (7-8)?
What instructions did God give them through Joshua and Caleb (9)?
Why did they not need to fear the people in the Promised Land (9)?
What did the congregation decide to do (10)?
Apply God’s Word to your life:
God gives gifted people like Joshua and Caleb to the church to guide us into God’s will. Our liability is our own heart. Jeremiah 17:9 says that our hearts are deceitfully wicked. Even though God gives us godly men and women to follow, we often choose to listen to our own deceitful hearts, or to those who do not follow after God with a pure heart.
- What is the next step God wants you to take?
- How are you being convinced to do something other than this step?
- How are you trying to convince yourself not to take this step?
- Who do you know that follows God (surrendered to His Word and Spirit) that might be able to help You see your situation from God’s perspective?
- Surrender your heart to God’s will like Jesus did when He went to the cross for you.
Father, Thank you for giving godly people to lead Your church. Forgive me for the times I listen to those who do not follow You. Forgive me for my own rebellion when I have chosen not to do what I know You want me to do. As I go through my day, let it be Your will and not mine. Amen.
Related verses to meditate on:
Jeremiah 17:9 - "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?"
Hebrews 3:12-14 - "Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end."
Luke 22:41-42 - "And he withdrew from them about a stone's throw, and knelt down and prayed, saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.”
Posted on Mon, January 22, 2018
by Diane Hultgren