2014-06-21 - Trusting God's Promises
Numbers 13:1-2 The LORD said to Moses, "Send some men to explore the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites." (NIV)
God had led the nation of Israel from captivity in Egypt, through the desert, and to the border of the Promised Land. God had promised the Hebrews a land "flowing with milk and honey." Now that the people were on the edge of the land of Canaan, God instructed Moses to send a group of leaders into the Promised Land, to explore and bring back a report. The men who went into the Promised Land did find a land flowing with milk and honey. They also discovered well-fortified cities and powerful people. Ten of the twelve men were discouraged and afraid, and did not want to enter the Promised Land. Joshua, on the other hand, said "We should certainly go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it." (Numbers 3:30) The naysayers convinced the people not to listen to Joshua, and instead, to avoid entering the Promised Land.
The people failed to trust in God's promises and directions. God wanted the nation of Israel to enjoy the Promised Land. But they needed to have faith in God's word, and they needed to trust Him. God would take care of them in their new country, the same way that He had provided for them in Egypt and the desert. But the people would not do as God wanted.
Is it the same for us today? Do we listen to God's promises and put our trust in Him? Do we follow His directions for our lives? Let us pray that we will always put our trust and faith in God's promises.
Richard Moser, Jr