Thursday, July 14
The Sky is Falling!
Numbers 14:1 Then all the congregation raised a loud cry, and the people wept that night...
think about it.
Why were the people of Israel in trouble with God (14:12)? What aspect of God's character does Moses appeal to (14:18-19)? How do you think God has been longsuffering with you?
The children's story of Chicken Little came to mind when I read Numbers 14. This is right after the Israelites send a group of spies into the land of Caanan (chapter 13), and the report back from the majority of the spies is negative and fear-based--there are giants in the land, the land devours its inhabitants, the Israelites are like grasshoppers in the eyes of these people ... the sky is falling. Well, the Israelites jump right on that fear bandwagon and in so doing, throw God and His faithfulness aside. They won't listen to the report of Caleb or Joshua that the land is good and that with God's help they are able to overtake it.
So how do we guard against falling prey to the Chicken Little mindset where we put our circumstances and fears before our trust and reliance on God? How can we be more like Caleb, Joshua, Aaron and Moses? Tami W.
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