* Do you focus more on the bad than good?
God told the Israelites that the Promised Land was rich and fertile. Not only that, he promised that this bountiful land would be theirs. When the scouts reported back to Moses, they gave plenty of good reasons for entering the land, but they couldn’t stop focusing on their fear. Talk of giants (descendants of Anak) and fortified cities made it easy to forget about God’s proomise to help. When facing a tough decision, don’t let the negatives, bad things, cause you to lose sight of the positives. Weigh both sides, the good and the bad, carefully. Don’t let potential difficulties blind you to God’s power to help and his promise to guide. (NLT)
Numbers 13:25-29 – After exploring the land for forty days, themen returned to Moses, Aaron, and the people of Israel at Kadesh in the wilderness of Paran. They reported to the whole community what they had seen and showed them the fruit they had taken from the land. This was their report to Moses: “We arrived in the land you sent us to see, and it is indeed a magnificent country–a land flowing with milk and honey. Here is some of its fruit as proof. But the people living there are powerful, and their citites and towns are fortified and very large. We also saw the descendants of Anak who are living there! The Amalekites live in the Negev, and the Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites live in the hill country. The Canaanites live along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and along the Jordan Valley.”
* How to handle bad news
One of the curses for those who rejected God was that they would go mad from seeing all the tragedy around them. Do you ever feel that you will go crazy if you hear about one more rape; kidnapping, murder, or war? Much of the world’s evil is a result of people’s failure to acknowledge and serve God. When you hear bad news, don’t groan helplessly as do unbelievers who have no hope for the future. Remind yourself that in spite of it all, God has ultimate control and will one day come back to make everything right.
Deuteronomy 28:34 – You will go mad because of all the tragedy around you.
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