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24 February 2010

Today’s Reading: Numbers 14-16; Mark 3

Scripture:

30 Not one of you will enter the land and make your home there, the firmly and solemnly promised land, except for Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun. 31 Your children, the very ones that you said would be taken for plunder, I’ll bring in to enjoy the land you rejected. (Numbers 14:30-31 MSG)

This part of the story is filled with knee-jerk, fear-based actions on the part of the people and humble, faith-based response on the part of Moses. The people had trouble trusting God from one meal to the next. They quickly forgot how bad things had been in Egypt and started longing for the “good old days” of slavery. They, like me, tended to forget everything past the last twenty-four hours and couldn’t see beyond the ends of their noses!

God sees a bigger picture. God sees wide-screen, long-range, and high definition. God chose to intervene in the life of a specific generation of the Israelis. He appointed Moses as a prophetic leader, and Moses’ tribe as His priests and administrators. God began the great project of bringing them out of generations of slavery and making them a nation of free God-worshippers.

God saw way ahead beyond the present moment while they were bogged down in daily details. God was dealing with a faith-based future and they were reacting with fact-based fears.

God has graciously allowed me to be part of his plan. He offers me purpose and direction, shows me his power and ability, and then sets challenges before me. I can respond in faith and trust and be part of the plan. Or I can grumble and complain and sideline myself. But God will get it done. There will be someone in my generation who will lead forward, and there will be another generation that will bravely go where I didn’t get to go. But God will get it done.

Prayer:

Father, I want to be one of the Calebs and Joshuas that bridges the generations. I want to do my part, face my challenges, and keep moving forward in faith. I don’t want to be one whose corpse litters the wilderness. Please give me vision to see the long-range and wide-screen picture of your plan and purpose. Please give me courage and faith to bridge the generations and finish the journey. Amen!

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