Today’s Devotion: Numbers 14
Have you ever been in a conversation, when all of a sudden the topic at hand takes a turn and the person stops you and says, “Don’t go there!” These are words that say, “Stop, you have crossed a boundary and this is not something that needs to be brought up.” I thought of this phrase as I read Numbers chapter 14. When Moses and Aaron warned the Israelites to stop going to the land of Canaan because God wasn’t with them – but they didn’t listen. Look at verse 41-42a, “But Moses said, “Why are you disobeying the LORD’s command? This will not succeed! Do not go up, because the LORD is not with you. You will be defeated by your enemies.”
If these words have a tone to them, I hear them pleading. Not just asking, not just saying – pleading. At this point they had turned from the land (future), but as they face the wilderness (present), they are actually more afraid of the wilderness (past) than they had been afraid of entering the land. In other words, they fear their past more than they fear the future so they proceed to pursue the future, but forgot one important component…. God!
The message that I take away is that we shouldn’t be so discontent in our present that we press on to change ourselves, our future and our circumstances without God. God needs to be our leader and our guide. He can work in our current circumstances and He can take us where we want to go, but His timing is everything. If we go alone and He is not with us, our plans will not succeed.
Please pray with me.
Father God. There is a big gap between where we are and where we want to be. The past and present is certain to us – it is our reality, while our future is unknown. You ask us to walk by faith and not by sight, which propels us to leap to the future and trust that you will deliver us from our current circumstances and have a brighter future, but what if you’re not there? What if we act in accordance to our will and not your will, in faith, that you will make all things work for the good? Let us not be ignorant, as the Israelities acted in Numbers chapter 14. We don’t want to be ungrateful, disobedient servants. We have hearts to honor and obey you, but we also know that you desire good for us. Please give us the discernment to hear your call, patience to wait on your timing, and courage to proceed according to your will. Father, please be the lamp unto our feet and the light unto our paths. ~Amen!”