Today’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 14:1-15:41
Heavenly Father, there are so many lessons to learn from the Israelites. Many of the mistakes they made mirror my life. In today’s reading their mouths got them in trouble…again.
As soon as they heard the news about the giants inhabiting their ‘promised land’ every fear in their mind came rolling out of their mouths. One person’s fear fueled another person’s fear…
Then the whole community began weeping aloud, and they cried all night. Their voices rose in a great chorus of protest against Moses and Aaron. “If only we had died in Egypt, or even here in the wilderness!” they complained. “Why is the Lord taking us to this country only to have us die in battle? Our wives and our little ones will be carried off as plunder! Wouldn’t it be better for us to return to Egypt?” Then they plotted among themselves, “Let’s choose a new leader and go back to Egypt!” Numbers 14:1-4
Lord, Your response to the Israelites’ complaining is an important principle for Christian Living:
Then the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “How long must I put up with this wicked community and its complaints about me? Yes, I have heard the complaints the Israelites are making against me. Now tell them this: ‘As surely as I live, declares the Lord, I will do to you the very things I heard you say. You will all drop dead in this wilderness! Because you complained against me, every one of you who is twenty years old or older and was included in the registration will die. You will not enter and occupy the land I swore to give you. The only exceptions will be Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun. Numbers 14:26-30
They were ‘hung by their tongue’...
Their words became self-fulfilling prophesy.
You have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth. –Proverbs 6:2
What I always feared has happened to me. What I dreaded has come true. —Job 3:25
Jesus, how many times have I doubted, whined, and complained to the point that You said, “okay, since that’s all you can talk about and think about, I’ll make that a reality in your life.”
Holy Spirit, help me overcome my negative self-talk. Help me to say and think life, health, and prosperity rather than death, sickness, and poverty.
Father, I pray that when You do to me the very things You heard me say, it will be good things. I pray that my words reflect my love, trust, and confidence in You Jesus.
In Your Holy Name I pray. Amen and Amen!
©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 16:1-18:32