Numbers 14:1-24

Monday, 7 December 2020

"But My servant Caleb, because he has had a different spirit and has followed Me fully,….." -Num. 14:24

The children of GOD who were delivered from their centuries-old slavery, are now at a crucial juncture- at the boundary of their Promised Land flowing with milk and honey – they are almost at the final point of receiving their promise from God. However, it is their attitude towards God that will decide whether they will finally receive it or not!

Here is a group of people, who obeyed God when He asked them to get out of Egypt; obeyed God when He asked them to cross the Red Sea; obeyed Him when He asked them to walk through the wilderness – yet they could not follow Him fully! The result – God rejected them!!

Isn’t it painful to see that after being obedient to God in several areas you get rejected in the end? Many people believe that once saved is forever saved; take their Christian walk for granted and still believe that they are going to make it to heaven! Well, the story of the people of Israel in Moses’ time portrays a different picture. 1Corinthians 10:5& 6: Nevertheless, with most of them God was not well pleased; ……. Now these things happened as examples for us,….. Again Verse 11 says: Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction…”

Well it’s very clear – we need to learn from the lives of those people whose stories are given in the Bible. If God was not well pleased with the lives of many of His people, then what is pleasing to God? The life story of another person, Caleb, who was part of the contingent of God’s people tells us that. Caleb (i) had a different spirit (ii) he followed God fully (V.24). So to please God there is no short cut – we need to have a different perspective and follow Him (obey Him) fully – NOT PARTIALLY.