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June 14, 2015

DEVOTIONAL – JUNE 15

by Leslie John

DO NOT FEAR GIANTS

Leslie M. John

“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered” (Matthew 10:30)

Is it not wonderful that our God knows us not only by our names but by every detail that is in us including the number of hairs on our head. He has count of them and yet we stumble in faith several times. It is our weakness that we fail to understand the mighty power of God and his provision for us. However, we should be aware of the fact that if we neglect or doubt his care for us we will reap the consequences of our disbelief and run into loss.

The children of Israel stumbled upon their faith in the Lord and paid severely for their lack of faith. They feared that the giants whom their representatives saw were capable of harming them whereas God said no weapon formed against them will prosper. Every one of the age above twenty years including Moses and Aaron, except Joshua and Caleb, died before they reached the Promised Land of Canaan. The details are in Numbers chapter 14

On hearing the evil report from the ten spies the congregation cried whole night and murmured against Moses and Aaron. The congregation asked Moses and Aaron if God wanted them to die in the wilderness and asked why they were moved out of Egypt with the promise that they would have a better life! Then after hearing the evil report from the ten they preferred to go back to slavery in Egypt rather than die in the wilderness. This was their disappointment because of their lack of faith in God who promised them the land flowing with milk and honey.

This was the result of their lack of belief in God who gave them protection from rain and heat. They never lacked food, nor did their shoe wear out during their entire journey for forty years. But they believed the discouraging evil report of the ten men who went out to make a survey of the land. They sent their emissaries to make their own choice despite God’s promise that he would bless them with land that had abundance. Their own witnesses brought a cluster of grapes hanging on a staff carried by two men from that land to them to see, yet when they heard that there were Anakites, who were giants they lost faith.

Perhaps, they thought their God was smaller than the giants their men saw in the land. The men felt that they were like grasshoppers before the giants in spite of the fact that they defeated mighty kings on their journey with the help of God. Now that the children of Israelites were entrapped in their own false beliefs and lack of faith in God, they forged forward to kill Moses and Aaron, who were interceding on behalf of them to God all through their journey.

The children of Israel were making a decision to choose a captain to lead them back to Egypt from where they came to Kadeshbarnea, which was so close to the Promised Land. They wanted to go back from blessings to curse and lead a life of slavery in a sinful land once again. Earlier, when they were in Egypt crying to God for help and prayed that they may be delivered from the slavery, God heard their cry and redeemed them from the bondage of slavery under Pharaoh. Until God executed the last plague of killing the firstborn of Egyptians,

Pharaoh did not allow them to leave Egypt. Israelites saw that their own firstborn were spared by God, yet now listening to disappointing evil report they changed their mind. How feeble and frail was their mind that they lost faith in their God and believed in the evil report.

Moses, who interceded on their behalf several times, fell once again face down before the congregation of all the children of Israel to cry to the Lord. Aaron accompanied Moses in his prayers and Joshua and Caleb tore down their clothes to support Moses and Aaron.

God heard their prayer and promised them pardon yet their earthly blessings of possessing the land of Canaan were lost to them in their time. That land which was with milk and honey flowing was promised to them for their possession but all those who started their journey from Egypt, except Joshua and Caleb and those who were below the age of twenty years, perished in the wilderness.

If you are not yet saved this is the day for accepting Jesus as your personal savior. Do not fear any adversity. You are of more value than many sparrows, who toil not, yet they have their food and protection every day. If you are saved already, then never fear those who have the authority over your flesh but fear the one who has the authority over body, soul and spirit. Jesus said he has overcome this world. He is Lord Jesus Christ who is the only savior. Salvation of a believer is never lost, yet believer should live a holy life always.

“Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 10:31-32)

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