Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Numbers 14:24 NASB

"But My servant Caleb, because he has had a different spirit and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land which he entered, and his descendants shall take possession of it."

"Are we there yet?"  This seems to be a universal question among children starting a long journey, asked not once, but multiple times along the way.  Destination is something very basic to life.  From the day of birth, all of us are locked into destinations, the ultimate, of course, being death itself.  God is keen on destinations in our lives.  Israel's journey from Egypt to Canaan illustrates this so clearly.  He knows where He wants to get us and gives full attention to His purpose for us.  But Israel baulked, giving what they considered to be "reasonable" excuses for not entering in to the promised land, the biggest reason being, "It's a land that devours its inhabitants; and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great size...we became like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight," (Numbers 13:32-33).  Building this "reason" up in their minds, they made it "the great impossible" and forfeited God's promise and purpose. These are promises and purposes which are always possible because, with God, nothing is impossible.  But there were two men who didn't buy into the popular thinking that was going on with the Children of Israel.  Their names were Joshua and Caleb, men renowned in God's great story with His people.  Why?  Because as the LORD said concerning His "servant" Caleb: "he has a different spirit and has followed Me fully." And then the LORD declares, "I will bring [him] into the land...and his descendants shall take possession of it."  Just because some don't believe in divine possibilities, doesn't change God's purpose for His people.  If some won't, He will find those who will.  This particular generation of Israelites would wander around in the wilderness for another 40 years and would all die there, except for Joshua and Caleb who would lead the next generation into God's promises.  May God make us truly His "servants" who have "a different spirit" and "follow Him fully".  Perhaps you will contradict popular thinking and popular theology, but you know God has "destinations" for His people and you stick to that purpose of God with a faith that says, YES HE CAN!   These are those whom God can use to lead others into His destinations for the soul.  Who knows who you might influence to greater heights. There is way too much wandering around in the wilderness these days.  Stand apart, stay the course, and set your eye on His destinations for the soul.

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