God doesn't want to give bad things to us, the children, but only good things. We can have it with the right attitude and by renewing of our mind.
Israelites were promised a land, yet they didn't received.
"And now, please let the power of the Lord be great as you have promised, saying, 'The Lord is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and transgression, but he will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, to the third and the fourth generation.' Please pardon the iniquity of this people, according to the greatness of your steadfast love, just as you have forgiven this people, from Egypt until now."- Numbers 14:17-19
Moses made humble intercession for Israel. Herein he was a type of Christ, who prayed for those that despitefully used him. The pardon of a nation's sin, is the turning away the nation's punishment; and for that Moses is here so earnest. Moses argued that, consistently with God's character, in his abundant mercies, he could forgive them.
"Only do not rebel against the Lord . And do not fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. Their protection is removed from them, and the Lord is with us; do not fear them."- Numbers 14:9
There are two parts to this verse:
1: Do not rebel againt God. 2: Do not fear the people of the land.
Moses and Aaron were astonished to see a people throw away their own mercies. Caleb and Joshua assured the people of the goodness of the land. They made nothing of the difficulties in the way of their gaining it. If men were convinced of the desirableness of the gains of religion, they would not stick at the services of it. Though the Canaanites dwell in walled cities, their defence was departed from them. The other spies took notice of their strength, but these of their wickedness. No people can be safe, when they have provoked God to leave them. Though Israel dwell in tents, they are fortified. While we have the presence of God with us, we need not fear the most powerful force against us. Sinners are ruined by their own rebellion. But those who, like Caleb and Joshua, faithfully expose themselves for God, are sure to be taken under his special protection, and shall be hid from the rage of men, either under heaven or in heaven.
Illustration: A worried man visited a doctor for his worries. The doctor gave him the medicines. Then upon the revisit, the man told doctor that he is worried now that he is not worried.
Do not allow worry to conteol your mind. You need to control your worries and if you are not able to control it, turn ti the Lord.
Illustration: A salesman of a shoe company deployed to a poor place said, no one wears shoes so I do not want to work here anymore. Whereas another salesman sold shoes explaining the need of wearing shoes and its benefits.
Illustration: Late retired Capt. Pawar, a good friend whose home was open for us for the Bible study, which I used to conduct. He used to to respond to our greetings "How are you?", by saying loudly "Top of the world!"This is a perfect example of having a positive mind irrespective of the age, health and mental conditions.
People of God, do not allow anything negative to control your mind. Say loudly, "I can do all things in Christ who strengthens us!"
Illustration: Bangalore conducts annual flower show at their botanical garden. We used to visit to see the flowers, eventhough we were more keen roaming around. We used to observe people getting excited to see the flowers, however we used to think, "What is so special about that flower?" You see, this is a different view of two different people.
Start seeing things differently. Your company boss is same, problems at home is same and similar obstructions/worries, but you can look at these issues in a different way every time.
Think about Paul, who said, "God will supply all our needs". People thought how come God will supply, when we are fulfilling Paul's needs.
When we see situations out of control, we need to think differently. Caleb saw things differently. If you flow with the crowd, your voice will fade away, nevertheless, if you go against the crowd, your voice will be heard.
Illustration: I went for a cricket match at one of the Cricket stadiums in Mumbai. While one of the Cricket players was walking towards the pavilion, people started cheering his name in one voice. A person sitting next to us was cheering a different name and suddenly we noticed that.
Two things you should understand:
1: See things differently. 2: Speak in faith.
Caleb saw things differently. Not only he saw things differently, he spoke differently also because he spoke in faith. When you are in faith, automatically see things differently and you will speak what you see. Tens of people said we cannot do it, Caleb saw and spoke otherwise.
We need to proclaim things in Jesus' name. Jesus told that you can move mountains in faith.
But Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, "Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it." Then the men who had gone up with him said, "We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are."- Numbers 13:30-31
"We may wonder that the people of Israel staid forty days for the return of their spies, when they were ready to enter Canaan, under all the assurances of success they could have from the Divine power, and the miracles that had hitherto attended them. But they distrusted God's power and promise. How much we stand in our own light by our unbelief! At length the messengers returned; but the greater part discouraged the people from going forward to Canaan. Justly are the Israelites left to this temptation, for putting confidence in the judgment of men, when they had the word of God to trust in. Though they had found the land as good as God had said, yet they would not believe it to be as sure as he had said, but despaired of having it, though Eternal Truth had engaged it to them. This was the representation of the evil spies. Caleb, however, encouraged them to go forward, though seconded by Joshua only. He does not say, Let us go up and conquer it; but, Let us go and possess it. Difficulties that are in the way of salvation, dwindle and vanish before a lively, active faith in the power and promise of God. All things are possible, if they are promised, to him that believes; but carnal sense and carnal professors are not to be trusted. Unbelief overlooks the promises and power of God, magnifies every danger and difficulty, and fills the heart with discouragement. May the Lord help us to believe! we shall then find all things possible.
"Only do not rebel against the Lord . And do not fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. Their protection is removed from them, and the Lord is with us; do not fear them." - Numbers 14:9
The are too big, but do not allow these obstacles to occupy your mind. Lift up your eyes, do not see the strength of your enemies, that redemption is near. Do not look at your abilities, look at the ability of Jesus, our God. Trust in Him, He will restore you.
If God delights in us, we will possess the promised land!
Look unto the Lord and keep your eyes focused on Him and let any negative thoughts go away in the Mighty name of Jesus.
We hope you are encouraged with today's message. Keep praying and stay focused in the Lord. We look forward seeing you next Sunday. God bless!