By Mark Shields
This day with God will be amazing because things fall into place because of His grace. Because of the Savior, there is a change in behavior; following where He leads and doing good deeds; accepting the truth and teaching our youth; learning His ways and giving Him praise.
Reading in Numbers 14, most of the people responded negatively to the report about Canaan. The slanderous report given by those who said it would be impossible to enter the Promised Land. They continued to rebel and complain about their situation in the wilderness and the upcoming challenge to overcome the giants in Canaan.
There was an uprising with the people. Moses, Aaron, Joshua, and Caleb were with the Lord and believed in His power but the others rebelled. God was furious and wanted to bring judgment on those going against Him. To strike the others down and destroy them but Moses pleaded with God to forgive the people.
God spared them but as punishment, the nation of Israel would end up wandering in the wilderness for forty years therefore the older generation never entered the Promised Land. So it turns out that ten of those sent to explore Canaan died in the wilderness because of their evil report they delivered.
On the other hand, Joshua and Caleb were among those who explored Canaan and gave back a good report. They understood the advantages of having God on their side. They understood that they were touched by divine power and were protected from enemies. They along with their descendants would eventually make it to the Promised Land.
Let us also trust in divine power instead of the lie the world tells us. Accept the obvious as truth, accept the help of Christ, and work with others who have the same faith. This day with God, factor in His amazing and unseen qualities, pray, and step ahead to a successful day.
This day with You Lord, we are praying now for the steps to take toward a successful day. We trust in Your divine power to get us to where we want to be. The teachings from Your Word offers road signs to the sure Way that has been proven over and over throughout history to provide directions to where we need to go. Amen.