Friday, 30 January 2009

Hello, my name is Louise and I am an Israelite

I am.

Remember that bunch of whiney-annoying-frustrating-always-questioning-God people who drove Moses, Aaron, Joshua and Caleb loony in the wilderness? (Checkout Exodus and Numbers in the Bible for the full story. And read Francine Rivers' Sons of Encouragement) Well, I'm one of those.

Why is it that we can be consistently blessed by God, cared for by God, see His hand in different situations - Miracles, people. I'm talking about daily miracles. - and yet still constantly question?

God had given His people, the Israelites, their own land. Canaan was a land "flowing with milk and honey". He had brought them out of slavery after an exceptional display of signs and wonders. He had brought them through the Red Sea on dry ground. He had given them water from a rock, amongst other 'small' miracles! He had led them through the desert for 40 years. Each day they'd had enough food to eat - food that came from heaven. Their clothes and shoes had never worn out. He'd watched over them, cared for them, fought their battles and yet all they could think about was the giants.

What about the GIANTS?

Numbers 13:30 But Caleb ... “Let’s go at once to take the land,” he said. “We can certainly conquer it!”

I long to have the faith of Caleb. What giants are you facing today?

You and me, together, let's trust "The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin" in spite of ourselves to give us "the land" that He has promised. Because He who has promised is faithful.

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