© 2018 Lynn Abbott
Despite the miraculous release of God’s people from Egyptian slavery, the enemy offered a variety of seemingly sensible arguments and diversions in Israel’s path.
And they unfortunately listened to his soothing deceit whenever they encountered huge obstacles.
Of course, when we face overwhelming difficulties or suffering, Satan offers no genuine comfort. Instead, he offers inadequate tools or substitutes for God’s presence and guidance. And such detours inevitably end in tedious wandering…
Like most of us, the Israelites should have known better. But the enemy often disguises himself as an angel of light…and in the dark, the charming yet empty voice initially appears friendly.
Through Moses, Yahweh had led His people to the borders of the Promised Land. And God’s grace offered an incredible homeland.
The Israeli spies confirmed it. The men returned not only with a glowing report of all the wealth they found there, but also a sampling of the bounty.
Even so, the majority of the spies supported an unequivocal retreat. Ten spies warned that ‘the people who live in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large…’
They also spoke of giants, (Numbers 13:32). In fact, they recommended turning back from God’s plan. They advocated the seemingly safe tedium of desert nomadic life.
Their concerns probably sounded reasonable; although the Promised Land was all that God had said, the ten believed it to be too risky a venture.
You remember the rest of the story. That’s right. Fear reigned that day and the people balked.
I’ve unfortunately been there, too. Sometimes, it’s easier to embrace the diversion–to exchange certain peril for a detour suggested by our well-disguised enemy.
Mañana sounds so reasonable an alternative. And I put off the journey I fear.
As a result, I wander aimlessly in the empty desert rather than venture into the unknown, albeit Promised Land.
But God gives great grace. Although His people sojourned in the wilderness for many years, He continued to provide for their daily needs. And they found…
streams in the desert; manna in the wilderness.
And then, God ultimately led the people back to the Promised Land.
Yes, our gracious God is always true to His Word; He never breaks His promises to us. He does not cut His children off from His covenant.
Indeed, He is faithful even when we are faith-less, (2 Timothy 2:13).
“If we are faithless, He remains faithful; for He cannot deny Himself,” ~2 Timothy 2:13
“Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who revere Him. For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust,” ~Psalm 103:13-14
“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence,” ~2 Peter 1:2-3