October 31 Devotional

The Word of God is divinely inspired.  That means that man, even though used as the human author, did not come up with the ideas that we find in the Bible.  How can we be sure?  Today I read from a book that Moses penned, and then from a book the prophet Jeremiah penned.  Moses wrote the book of Numbers somewhere between 1450-1410 B.C.  Jeremiah wrote the book bearing his name about 635 B.C.


Look at the similarity of these two passages.  Moses had sent twelve spies into the Promised Land, asking for a report on what they saw.  The spies all returned with a message of abundance.  Ten of the spies said they believed Israel could not overcome the inhabitants that were already entrenched in the land.  Two had faith … after the negative report came from the ten … “And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, ‘Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it’” (Numbers 13:30).  Caleb had seen the same giants in the land.  He had seen the same walled cities the others had seen.  He also knew the power of His God, and he was ready for the battle that would come.  The ten without vision turned the heart of the people away from this confident faith, and this is the reason Israel then wandered for forty years in the desert.  Jeremiah the prophet would write (some 800 years later), “But this thing commanded I them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be My people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you. But ye hearkened not …’” (Jeremiah 7:23-24a).


We are living more than 2,500 years later than this writing of Jeremiah, but we all seem to struggle with the same issue.  When are we going to learn that it is better trust God than to trust what our doubting eyes can see in front of us?  If God touches your heart to serve Him in a specific way today, don’t let your doubts about your abilities or resources stop you from serving today.  Doubt cost the Israelites forty years of living in a desert rather than living in that land that flowed with milk and honey.  Instead of eating manna and quail every day for those forty years, they could have had the best the land had to offer.


Think about the blessings you might have missed because of the doubt you allowed to block your path.  Don’t let the doubts and fears you have overwhelm the confidence you should have in God!  God is bigger than anything that might come in front of you in His will.  If God called you to go, He will provide all you need along the way.  Step out by faith today!