The Promised Land
"And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of (among) them that searched the land, rent (tore) their clothes: And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land. If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey. Only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence (protection) is departed from them, and the Lord is with us: fear them not." Numbers 14:6-9
We live in a time when doing right and believing what is right is more unpopular by the second. The things that were once done behind closed doors are now being brought into the open, and the shame that once existed has become a thing of the past. Living right has always been opposed to mankind’s sin nature, but I see a stark contrast from how things were when I was a kid to how things are now. You may have noticed yourself how things have changed, and not changed for the better. The truth has been pushed to the side and replaced with people claiming to possess their own truth, which is no truth at all. If we are not careful, we will be sucked into this type of thinking or we may be scared to tell others the truth because of the fear we have of them.
Now is not the time to have the fear of man, but now is the time to proclaim the truth. I am not advising for one to be ignorant in how they proclaim the truth as the Bible tell us in Matthew 10:16, "Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves." We need to ask God for wisdom to stand for the truth and do it in a way that honors Him. In our world, some people have been jailed for quoting verses on social media and pastors were imprisoned for choosing to hold a church service. Freedoms we held for over 200 hundred years are now being challenged, and I believe there is coming a day when standing for the truth will cost us something. We can no longer be passive with what we know, but we must stand firm and proclaim the truth.
I think of Caleb and Joshua and how they desired to posses the land God gave them. The ten other spies spoke of how big the inhabitants were and the dangers that awaited them there in the land God had given them. Caleb and Joshua only saw their mighty God and what He had promised to do. They did not allow the bad report of the ten others to ruin what God had promised, and they ignored the people who waited to stone Aaron and Moses. The pressure of others often leads us to make poor decisions, but these are the times when we need to stand firm. The Devil likes to discourage us and make us fear, but he is no match for our God and the victory He has given us. The Lord is always with us even in the times when we think He cannot be found. He is present in a dark world even when people in high places try to suppress His voice. The wicked may desire to silent Him, but even nature itself cries out the majesty and existence of God.
What will you with what God has promised? Will you bow to the cries of the world or will you stand firm on the promises of God? Will you be scared to tell the truth or will you see the great need to tell of the good news we possess? God's Word is offensive, but it possesses the saving power for all who believe. The Lord will bring the Christian to our promised land, but until He does, we must remain faithful in uncertain times. May God help us to have the courage of Caleb and Joshua, and may we be faithful in always giving a good and true report of what our God is able to do.
Stay in the fight!