Trusting in Human Eyes
“Then he said, “Please do not leave us, inasmuch as you know where we should camp in the wilderness, and you will be as eyes for us.” (Numbers 10:31, NASB95)
When Moses invited his father-in-law to journey into the Promised Land, along with the Israelites, he pleaded with Reuel as if the entire mission was dependent on his presence. After all, Moses his father-in-law had lived his entire life in the wilderness, and understood the territory very well. “You will be as eyes for us.”
Moses was guilty of doing what you and I do all the time. Rather than trusting in God, he was looking for human aid. Some trust in horses, some trust in chariots, and some trust in the eyes of their father-in-law. We like to have insurance and guarantees of success before we ever begin the venture. God rarely works this way. God loves a display of faith. In fact, Moses had to have been in sin, when he expressed this dependence upon human eyes. If it was sin for Moses, it has to be sin for us as well.
From the book of Judges, it appears that the father-in-law took Moses up on the offer. However, there is no indication he ever served as eyes for the people. The truth is, Moses did not need a guide for the expedition. After all, it doesn’t take an expert to follow a pillar of fire, through the night, or a pillar of cloud through the day! Friend, what God says, God will do. Walk by faith and not by sight. Anything less is sin.
In His Grace;
Dr. Randy White
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