Numbers 13 New International Version (NIV)
30 Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” 31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.”
Devotion by Laurie Spencer
Here is a story about listening, following and trusting the Lord’s instructions. Numbers 13 and 14 is a wonderful tale about God giving the exhausted, wandering Israelites a clear command to explore the land of milk and honey; the land of Canaan. Many of the Israelites could not trust the Lord to keep them safe in the face of strong opposition. Only a fraction of the Israelites survived this story. Only the ones who knew that God would not lead them astray.
It’s hard sometimes for us to determine what God expects. Unlike these ancient bible stories we don’t exactly have Moses standing on a hill directing traffic over to Canaan. For us God‘s commandments may be a letter in the mailbox asking for a donation, a smoke stack spewing pollution or a look of helplessness passing quickly across a stranger’s face. We have to pay close attention and discern what the Lord wants of us.
Father, Mother God, loving me, it’s so easy to turn you off. It’s such a discipline to keep the lines of communication open between us. Tell me what you want and I will listen. Help me to keep that promise. Amen.