Wednesday October 30, 2019 – The choice is ours in how we respond

Numbers 13:1-2   The LORD said to Moses, “Send some men to explore the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites. From each ancestral tribe send one of its leaders.”

The twelve spies were given an opportunity by the Lord to see if they would be faithful or not.  What kind of report would they bring back?  Would they simply describe what they found – or would they do something else?

It’s important to remember the history that these 12 men had.  They all were leaders who had experienced God’s incredible deliverance from Egypt. They saw the miracles.  They walked through the parted Red Sea.  They saw the pillar of fire by night and pillar of cloud by day.  They knew the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was with them.  They knew that they were exploring the land promised to Abraham and his descendents.

The 13th and 14th chapters of Numbers tell us what happened.  We don’t remember the names of ten of the spies but we honor the names of Joshua and Caleb.  The ten didn’t simply report that there were giants in the land along with all the positive things there.  They allowed the giants in the land to provoke fear and unbelief; giving the people a bad report.

Joshua and Caleb focused on the fact that the Lord was with them.  He would enable them to take the land.  The fact that there were giants and enemies there paled in comparison to the Lord being with them.  Unfortunately, the people chose to believe the ten and rebelled against the Lord.

This story illustrates a principle that God uses repeatedly in our lives.  He gives us opportunities to follow Him and accomplish things that He has purposed us to do.  But in the midst of those things, He allows all manner of problems, difficulties and obstacles to arise.  They can be fearful or overwhelming.  How are we going to respond?  Will fear or faith dominate our responses?

We have a choice to make just like the twelve spies and the children of Israel did.  We can be fearful and complain – or we can seek and trust the Lord, lifting all of those problems to Him.  We can focus on the problems or we can focus on our God – unbelief versus faith.  Each is an opportunity for the Lord in His greatness to enable us to overcome.  The choice is ours.  How will we respond?

About Don Schmidt

Beginning in the fall of 2009, Don was VP of Operations & Director of Student Life for 2 years at Williamson Christian College in Franklin, TN - a wonderful, accredited 4 year college for adult learners. That is where he started writing the devotionals. The passion of his heart is to love God and to help others learn to love God more and more. He grew up in St. Joseph, MI - Class of '66. Graduated from Michigan State in '70 and Wheaton Grad School in '78. Thunderous conversion October 11, 1968. He and Donna were engaged 2 hrs & 15 minutes after they met August 25, 1969 at a Christian camp in Georgia. They married in '70 and have 4 wonderful sons. Most of his adult career has been in business in NE Ohio. They lived for 20 years in Peninsula, OH. They attended St. Luke's Ministries (Anglican) in Copley, OH for many years. Three years ago they were reassigned by the Lord to attend River of Life Community Church in Hudson, OH. St. Luke's prayerfully sent them off on this new adventure with much love.
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