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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, May 27, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
With great miracles, God had led the Israelites out of slavery, through the desolate wilderness, and up to the very edge of the Promised Land. He had protected them, fed them, and fulfilled every promise. Yet when encouraged to take that last step of faith and enter the land, the people refused. After witnessing so many miracles, why did they stop trusting God? Why did they refuse to enter the Promised Land when that had been their goal since leaving Egypt? They were afraid. Often we do the same thing. We trust God to handle the smaller issues, but doubt his ability to take care of the big problems, the tough decisions, the frightening situations. Do not stop trusting Him [God] just as you are ready to reach your goal. He brought you this far and won’t let you down now. We can continue trusting God by remembering all he has done for us. (NLT)
Numbers 14:1-11 – Then all the people began weeping aloud, and they cried all night. Their voices rose in a great chorus of complaint against Moses and Aaron. “We wish we had died in Egypt, or even here in the wilderness!” they wailed. “Why is the Lord taking us to this country only to have us die in battle? Our wives and little ones will be carried off as slaves! Let’s choose a leader and go back to Egypt!”
Then Moses and Aaron fell face down on the ground before the people of Israel. Two of the men who had explored the land, Joshua son of Numn and Caleb son of Jephunneh, tore their clothing. They said to the community of Israel, “The land we explored is a wonderful land! And if the Lord is pleased with us, he will bring us safely into that land and give it to us. It is a rich land flowing with milk and honey, and he will give it to us! 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!”
But the whole community began to talk about stoning Joshua and Caleb. Then the glorious presence of the Lord appeared to all the Israelites from above the Tabernacle. And the Lord said to Moses, “How long will these people reject me? Will they never believe me, even after all the miraculous signs I have done among them?
James C. Hendrix (Indiana) titled his story “FINDING OUR WAY;” here is a portion of James’ story:
“. . . It does not take much for us to start complaining. Just like the Israelites in today’s reading from Numbers, we too can find ourselves grumbling and expressing our doubts toward God. Often these doubts come as a result of not understanding what God is doing in our lives. But God knows what is best for us and has a plan for us. If we obey God and rest securely in God’s promises, God will open our hearts and our minds, enabling us to see the way ahead.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – In times of doubt or frustration, I can draw near to God.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to remain faithful to you, as you have been to us. Amen.
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