Today’s Reading: Numbers 14
Key Verse: Numbers 14:19
Pardon the iniquity of this people, I pray, according to the greatness of Your mercy, just as You have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.
How strange! The majority wanted to go back to Egypt. This, in spite of the Red Sea miracle, the water from the rock, the manna, the pillar of cloud by day, and the pillar of fire by night. Before we judge them harshly, consider how attractive the old world can be to us when life gets tough. When Moses preached God’s judgment on backsliding, it’s amazing how quickly the plan was changed (14:35). They presumed that God would restore everything as it was (14:44). Not so. There are consequences to a rebellious spirit. Yes, they were forgiven and God spared them. God is great in mercy; nevertheless, they forfeited the Promised Land for their generation. There are God-given opportunities which, if missed, will never be ours again.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I ask, by Your grace, as I daily submit to Your will, that I will not miss opportunities to follow Your plan. Help me to make You my number one priority. In the Name of the One who always did what He saw You doing, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen! (See John 5:17-20).
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
In my early years, I struggled with the assurance that I was doing the will of God. Then I learned Jesus’ secret as to where He found the will of His Father. Remember He never used His divinity to help Himself. He lived His life as a Man. His favorite name for Himself was “Son of Man.” Here’s the way Jesus did it. Read Mark 1:35: “Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.” Also, Matthew 14:23: “And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on a mountain to pray.” Then Luke 6:12: “And it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray.” My passion is to be like Jesus. With God’s help I’ve made prayer, early in the morning, a daily priority.