Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Wednesday, August 12, 2015
“For the Lord had said of them, They shall surely die in the wilderness. And there was not left a man of them, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.” (Numbers 26:65).
Following the time spies were sent to survey the land God had promised to His people, which was then occupied by those who did not love Him, He was making up His numbers, so to speak. Who would be among those who would inherit the promise God made to Abraham? Sadly, an entire generation, besides two, including Joshua, would die in the wilderness. What would be the cause of their death? Unbelief!
Notice what the Bible says: “For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.” (Hebrews 3:14-19).
If there were some other reason like old age, or random accident that caused the deaths of these sojourners over the course of forty years, it would have almost been tolerable. But no, they died simply because they refused to believe the Word of God and accept His gift of promise. They believed doubtful reports and focused on self instead of God. Conversely, faithful Joshua and Caleb believed God with all their hearts, and it was accounted to them for righteousness. God remained faithful, and He used Joshua to take the second generation of freed Israelites into the Promised Land.
We are standing on the edge of eternity. The Lord is just about to fulfill the eternal elements of the promise He made to Abraham. Those who will choose absolute faith and trust in God, will receive immortality, heaven, and the new earth. We must ask ourselves whether we believe God’s Word that He is able to keep that which we surrender to Him until Jesus comes.
Are we willing to surrender the giants of doubt, sinful thoughts and actions, disobedience, and worldly pleasures to God? It may seem too simple, but the reality is, that when we are fully committed to God in faith, He will give us the mind of Christ, and eternity is guaranteed. Are you willing to believe this unto salvation?
A Prayer for Your Hearts:
Lord, please give us saving faith that is not too intimidated to believe your promises. In the name of Jesus I pray, amen.