So what is in front of you? Is it a big challenge? So it seems impossible? So it seems like times been compressed and yet even more work is being asked of you? So everyday more things kept changing? And the one thing that stayed the same was the end date?
So what will you do? Where will you turn? How will you respond? Where will you put your trust? Can anyone help you through it? What type of a report will you deliver?
You may feel this way. You may be facing just such a challenge. Do what I did and give it up to God! God is bigger than any of my problems! God is able to do infinitely more than I could ever ask or imagine! If God is for me, who can be against me? So there was a huge effort put before me. Gave it up to God and watched the mountain move! Gave it up to God and watched the answers come! Gave it up to God and watched even in the compressed time it come together!
I’m here to tell you that if God doesn’t show up there would have been a problem. I’m here to tell you that if my focus was on the problem rather than God, I could have had a bad attitude and come back with a bad report! I kept trusting Him and checking on status! And as always God was there and made a way when there didn’t seem to be a way!
So how about you? Where are you at today? What report will you bring back? Will you see it through the lenses of God and what will He do and how will He respond? Will you give a good report? And then get to be a part of the incredible breakthrough when it happens? Don’t be left out! Don’t be left behind! Be a part of the group who trusts in God and believes that with Him and through Him all things are possible!
Today’s reading starts out on such a topic. Let’s check it out…
Twelve Scouts and the Bad Report
1Adonai spoke to Moses saying,
2“Send some men on your behalf to investigate the land of Canaan, which I am giving to Bnei-Yisrael. Each man you are to send will be a prince of the tribe of his fathers, a man from each tribe.”
3So according to the word of Adonai, Moses sent them from the wilderness of Paran. All the men were princes of Bnei-Yisrael.
4These are their names: from the tribe of Reuben, Shammua son of Zaccur. 5From the tribe of Simeon, Shaphat son of Hori. 6From the tribe of Judah, Caleb son of Jephunneh. 7From the tribe of Issachar, Igal son of Joseph. 8From the tribe of Ephraim, Hoshea son of Nun. 9From the tribe of Benjamin, Palti son of Raphu. 10From the tribe of Zebulun, Gaddiel son of Sodi. 11From the tribe of Manasseh, part of the tribe of Joseph, Gaddi son of Susi. 12From the tribe of Dan, Ammiel son of Gemalli. 13From the tribe of Asher, Sethur son of Michael. 14From the tribe of Naphtali, Nahbi son of Vophsi. 15From the tribe of Gad, Geuel son of Machi. 16These are the names of the men Moses sent to investigate the land. (Now he gave Hoshea son of Nun, the name Joshua.)
17As he sent them to explore the land of Canaan, he said to them, “Go up there through the Negev, then go up into the hill country. 18See what the land is like and the people living there, whether they might be strong or weak, few or many. 19In what kind of land are they living? Is it good or bad? Also, what about the cities in which they are living? Are they unwalled or do they have fortifications? 20How is the soil—fertile or poor? Are there trees on it or not? Do your best to bring back some of the fruit of the land.” (It was the season for the first ripe grapes.)
21So they went up and explored the land from the wilderness of Zin as far as Rehob the entrance of Hamath. 22They continued on up through the Negev and came to Hebron. There lived Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, descendants of Anak. (Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.) 23When they reached as far as the Valley of Eshcol, they cut a single branch with a cluster of grapes. It was carried on a pole between two of them. They also cut some pomegranates and some figs. 24That place was called the Valley of Eshcol because of the cluster cut by Bnei-Yisrael.
25They returned from investigating the land after 40 days. 26They traveled and returned to Moses, Aaron and the entire community of Bnei-Yisrael at Kadesh in the wilderness of Paran. They gave their report to them and the entire assembly. They showed the land’s fruit. 27They gave their account to him and said, “We went into the land where you sent us. Indeed it is flowing with milk and honey—this is some of its fruit. 28Except, the people living in the land are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw the sons of Anak there! 29Amalek is living in the land of the Negev, the Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites are living in the mountains, and the Canaanites are living near the sea and along the bank of the Jordan.” 30Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “We should definitely go up and capture the land, for we can certainly do it!” 31But the men who had gone up with him said, “We cannot attack these people, because they are stronger than we.” 32They spread among Bnei-Yisrael a bad report about the land they had explored, saying, “The land through which we passed to explore devours its residents. All the people we saw there are men of great size! 33We also saw there the Nephilim . (The sons of Anak are from the Nephilim .) We seemed like grasshoppers in our eyes as well as theirs!”
–from Numbers 13
Will you be someone who sees through the lens of God’s goodness? Will you consider what He has already done in and through you? (remember they walked through the Red Sea on dry ground, they were provided for with manna from heaven, …) Or will you allow your human perspective guide your response? Will you allow the natural to create fear when the supernatural that you have already seen, heard, and read about shows that God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we can ask or imagine!
Will you be Joshua and a Caleb in giving your report? Or will you be like the others giving a doom and gloom report? Where will you get your hope from? Where will you put your trust? Do you want to get what the grumblers got? Check this out and consider what you think…
Grumblers Will Not Enter the Land
1All through that night, the entire community raised up their voices. The people wept. 2All Bnei-Yisrael grumbled against Moses and Aaron and the whole community said, “If only we had died in Egypt! If only we had died in this wilderness! 3Why is Adonai bringing us to this land to fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be like plunder! Wouldn’t it be better for us to return to Egypt?” 4They said to each other, “Let’s choose a leader and let’s go back to Egypt!”
5Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before the entire assembly of the community of Bnei-Yisrael. 6Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had explored the land, tore their clothes. 7They said to the whole assembly of Bnei-Yisrael, “The land through which we passed is an exceptionally good land! 8If Adonai is pleased with us, He will lead us into that land and will give it to us—a land flowing with milk and honey. 9Only don’t rebel against Adonai, and don’t be afraid of the people of the land. They will be food for us. The protection over them is gone. Adonai is with us! Do not fear them.”
10But the whole assembly talked about violently stoning them. Then the glory of Adonai appeared at the Tent of Meeting to all Bnei-Yisrael.
11Adonai said to Moses, “How long will these people treat Me contemptibly? How long will they neglect to trust in Me—in spite of all the miraculous signs I have performed among them? 12I will strike them with the plague. I will destroy them. But you I will make into a nation greater and stronger than they!” 13Moses said to Adonai, “The Egyptians will hear about it, because You brought up this people by Your power from among them. 14They will tell the residents of this land about it. Already they have heard that You, Adonai, are in the midst of this people, that You, Adonai, have been seen eye to eye, that Your cloud remains over them, and that in a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night You go before them. 15If you kill these people all at once, the nations who have heard this report about You will say, 16‘Because Adonai was unable to bring this people to the land He had promised them, He has slaughtered them in the wilderness.’ 17“So please, let Adonai show His strength, just as You have spoken saying, 18‘Adonai is slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, forgiving iniquity and transgression. Still, He does not leave the guilty unpunished, bringing the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations.’ 19Forgive now the guiltiness of this people in accordance with the greatness of Your lovingkindness, just as You have pardoned this people from Egypt until now!”
20Adonai answered, “I have forgiven them just as you have spoken. 21But as certainly as I live and as certainly as the glory of Adonai fills the entire earth, 22none of the people who saw My glory and My miraculous signs I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness—yet tested Me these ten times and did not obey My Voice— 23not one of them will see the land I promised to their forefathers. None of those who treated Me with contempt will see it! 24However, My servant Caleb, because a different spirit is with him and he is wholeheartedly behind Me, I will bring him into the land where he went—his offspring will inherit it. 25Now since the Amalekites and Canaanites are inhabiting the valley, turn back tomorrow and set out by the wilderness route toward the Sea of Reeds.”
26Adonai then said to Moses and Aaron saying, 27“How long will this wicked community be grumbling against Me? I have heard the complaints of Bnei-Yisrael grumbling against Me. 28So tell them, ‘As surely as I live,’ says Adonai, ‘I will do to you just as I heard you say in My ears. 29In this very wilderness your bodies will drop—every one of you 20 years of age and older who was numbered in the census and grumbled against Me. 30Not one of you will enter the land about which I lifted My hand to make home for you—except Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun. 31“As for your children—whom you said would be like plunder—I will bring them in and they will experience the land that you spurned. 32But your bodies will drop in this wilderness. 33Your children will be herdsmen in the wilderness for 40 years. They will suffer because of your unfaithfulness until your corpses are consumed in the wilderness. 34For 40 years, corresponding to the number of the 40 days you explored the land—one year for each day—you will suffer for your iniquities and know My hostility. 35I, Adonai, have spoken and certainly will I do this to all this wicked community banding together against Me. In this wilderness they will meet their end and there they will die!”
36Then the men whom Moses had sent to explore the land, who had returned and caused the whole community to grumble against him by spreading a bad report about the land, 37these men, spreading the bad report about the land, died of the plague in Adonai’s presence. 38Of those men who had gone to explore the land, only Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh survived.
39When Moses related these things to all of Bnei-Yisrael, the people mourned bitterly. 40They rose the next morning and went up to the high mountains, saying, “Look! Let’s go up to the place which Adonai promised. For we have sinned.” 41But Moses said, “Why are you disobeying the mouth of Adonai? That will never succeed. 42You should not go up, because Adonai will not be among you and you will be defeated before your enemies! 43For the Amalekites and Canaanites are there in front of you, and you will fall by the sword. Adonai will not be with you, because you turned away from following Adonai.” 44But presumptuously they went up to the high mountain country, though neither the Ark of Adonai’s covenant nor Moses moved from within the camp. 45The Amalekites and Canaanites living in the mountain country came down, attacked them, and beat them down all the way to Hormah.
–from Numbers 14
Would you really want to miss out on the promised land because of the bad report? Would you really want to miss out on the promised land because you gave the bad report? In whom will you trust? As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!
So let’s celebrate God’s goodness, let’s cheer His great work, let’s praise Him, let’s live lives that will glorify Him!
Hear O Israel
1For the music director, on the Gittite lyre, of Asaph. 2Sing for joy to God our strength, shout to the God of Jacob! 3Lift up a song and sound a tambourine, a sweet lyre with a harp. 4Blow the shofar at the New Moon, at the full moon for the day of our festival. 5For it is a decree for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob. 6He set it up as a testimony in Joseph, when He went throughout the land of Egypt, I heard a language I did not understand. 7“I relieved his shoulder of the burden, his hands were set free from the basket. 8You called out in trouble, and I rescued you. I answered you from the hiding place of thunder. I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah 9Hear, My people, I will admonish you— if you would listen to Me, O Israel! 10Let there be no foreign god among you, and you shall not worship any alien god. 11I am Adonai your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide and I will fill it. 12But My people did not listen to My voice. Israel was not willing to be Mine. 13So I gave them over to the stubbornness of their heart, to walk in their own counsels. 14Oh that My people would listen to Me, that Israel would walk in My ways! 15I would soon subdue their enemies, and turn My hand against their foes. 16Those who hate Adonai would cringe before Him— their time of doom would be forever. 17But you would be fed with the finest wheat, with honey out of a rock would I satisfy you.”
–from Psalms 81
God will provide! Will you do your part? Will you give Him the rest? And then will you trust Him?
Will you live to the high calling of God? Each one of us has been called? God is calling us to step it up and live to a higher bar! Not to work at the lowest common denominator! God is wanting “each one” of us to “submit to one another out of reverence for Christ“. Submission isn’t a way for people to get their way over us! Submission isn’t a way for illegal things to be made ok. Submission is so that we give up our rights out of reverence for the other person. Submission is person! Submission is spiritual! Submission is beneficial! Submission is counter cultural! If we will give it all up into God’s hands He can redeem it – we just need to be willing to let it go and submit it to Jesus! If we keep going around “mine, mine, mine” with closed fists, yes it won’t get out, but God’s blessings won’t be able to get into your hands either! So we need to trust God as Lord of all and overall! Submitting out of reverence to Chris, we are being called to a higher bar!
Today’s reading concludes with 1 Corinthians 5…
Removing the “Hametz” from Your House
1It is actually reported that among you there is sexual immorality, and such immorality as is not even among the pagans—that someone has his father’s wife. 2And you are puffed up! Shouldn’t you have mourned instead, so that the one who did this deed might be removed from among you? 3For even though I am absent in body, I am present in spirit—I have already passed judgment on the one who has done this thing, as though I were present. 4When you are gathered together in the name of our Lord Yeshua, I am with you in spirit. With the power of our Lord Yeshua, 5you are to turn such a fellow over to satan for the destruction of his fleshly nature, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Yeshua. 6Your boasting is no good. Don’t you know that a little hametz leavens the whole batch of dough? 7Get rid of the old hametz, so you may be a new batch, just as you are unleavened—for Messiah, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed. 8Therefore let us celebrate the feast not with old hametz, the hametz of malice and wickedness, but with unleavened bread—the matzah of sincerity and truth. 9I wrote to you in my letter not to mix together with sexually immoral people— 10not at all meaning the sexually immoral people of this world or the greedy or swindlers or idolaters, for then you would have to exit the world. 11But now I am writing to you not to mix together with anyone who is being called a brother if he is sexually immoral or greedy or an idolater or a slanderer or a drunkard or a swindler—not even to eat with such a fellow. 12For what business do I have judging outsiders? Don’t you judge those who are inside? 13But those who are outside, God judges. Put away the wicked fellow from among yourselves.
–from 1 Corinthians 5