Now the time that it took for us to come from Kadesh-barnea until we crossed over the brook Zered was thirty-eight years, until all the generation of the men of war perished from within the camp, as the Lord had sworn to them. (v.14)
All the people had perished before entering the Promised Land but Joshua and Caleb – just as the Lord had said.
Surely all the men who have seen My glory and My signs which I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness, yet have put Me to the test these ten times and have not listened to My voice, shall by no means see the land which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who spurned Me see it. Numbers 14:22-23
Imagine this – the people of Israel leave Egypt on a reasonably short journey to the land God had promised Abraham to give them and they never get there. Why? Because they disobeyed God and lacked the faith to believe that God would make good on His promises. What a waste – to die in the wilderness and never see the Promised Land.
How many times in our lives does this happen to us? God wants us by faith to follow Him to something amazing but our doubt and disobedience keep us from it. What have we missed out on?
Let’s make a commitment to God today to trust and obey Him – to experience God and all He has for us and not to miss out on another thing He wants us to have.
When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
As we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
John H Sammis author of the hymn, Trust and Obey.
By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor