“Moses told [the Lord’s] words to all the Israelites, and they
And they rose early in the morning and went up to the top of
the mountain, saying
Behold, we are here, and we intend to go up to the place which
the Lord has promised, for we have sinned.
But Moses said, why do you transgress the command of the Lord
[to turn back by way of the Red Sea], since it will not succeed?
Go not up, for the Lord is not among you, that you be not struck
down before your enemies. “
The twelve spies had got back from scouting Canaan and
ten of the twelve brought back bad news. Joshua and Caleb
where full of confidence that God could bring them into the
promise land but the other ten thought otherwise. Anyway
after the news Israel in it’s entirety complained and grumbled.
Talk of going back to Egypt was going around and the people
were about to stone Joshua and Caleb when the Lord intervened!
They would not inherit the land God promised them because
of their lack of faith. Their children would be the ones who
would enter the promise land.
Anyway to cut a long story short, the people were very sorry
for how they reacted and decided to take up their weapons
and take the land God had given them. Moses told them it
was too late and they had to turn back but they thought it a
small feat to attack the Canaanites and Amalekites. So off they
went without Moses and the ark of God (His presence) and
lost! (Numbers 14:44, 45)
The Israelites took for granted God’s presence with them.
They thought they could storm the Canaanites in their own
strength but they were dead wrong. It was because of God
they were able to destroy nations stronger than themselves!
This Sunday I was reminded who is really in control. Like
the Israelites I forgot who was really in control. I had become
proud. I forgot the reason I do all I do is because of His grace
and mercy on my life. There is no other reason behind it. I am
able to teach because He enables me to!
“My glory is great because of His aid”
That sums up everything.
The reason I write, the reason I am
able to teach, the reason I am where I am is because of Him.
It’s not because I am smart or because I “know” people!
It’s not because I grew up in the right neighborhood.
It’s not because I am eloquent and so on and so on….
I am able to do all that I do because of God. It’s all Him!
Without God I would lose. The enemy would win hands
My enemies in the natural ARE stronger than me and I could be
extinguished if I was alone. But I am not alone!
The Lord is with me and He is the reason I win, He is the
reason I succeed. He is the reason I am still here.
We need God friends. I hope you realize just how much you
need Him in your life. He does so much and at times we can
take it for granted. We can think it’s because of our strength
but it’s not. He is the One who has carried us this far.
The Israelites thought their strength was enough but they
were so wrong! They needed God desperately if they were
ever going to enter the promise land.
As I close I want to encourage you to always seek His guidance.
He is the reason we win and He is the reason we are alive.
Don’t forget that friends!