I am still meditating on Numbers 13 &14. I can’t help it.. Some aspect of these chapters are just amazing to me. Think about it.
This people group has seen the most miracles of any people group that we know of in the short time they have been with Moses. They are led every time they move by a pillar of fire or a cloud. That alone should be enough!! But they have seen waters healed so they could safely drink it. They have food dropped out of the sky for them day and night. They had quail sent into their camp for them to eat. They had 10 miracles while they were with Moses besides the pillar of fire and the cloud, and don’t forget the 10 signs they all saw while still in Egypt.
Wouldn’t that be enough to encourage them that God was indeed with them?
Check out their reaction to the report of the 10 spies. Not Caleb and Joshua, rather the 10:
14 Then all the congregation [a]lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept [b]that night. 2 All the sons of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron; and the whole congregation said to them, “Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this wilderness! 3 Why is the Lord bringing us into this land, to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will become plunder; would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?” 4 So they said to one another, “Let us appoint a leader and return to Egypt.”
Wait…. Did you see the last statement??? RETURN TO EGYPT????!!!
Do we need to remind them they were SLAVES there??? They were dying from the hard forced labor??!!! Their wives and little ones were slaves there and worked hard there.
Why do they believe the report of the 10 and not the good report of the 2? Why can they not believe the Lord and Moses?
We would rather believe the bad than the good.
Why is that?
We listen to gossip and believe the bad reports. Our ears tingle to hear the bad news about someone or something… Yea… I have done this way too often too… This is a good lesson for me too.
Why does bad news sell but good news doesn’t?
Why do we get all in celebrities faces to pull out all the dirt on them?
Its what we do.. Its just the way things are.
But do we have to follow that?
The people had just 4 people and God to listen to. They chose the majority over the minority. We can do the same. Search out the good news. Search out what is good.. Paul says in Philippians 4:8
8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is [a]lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, [b]dwell on these things.
Look for the good report and follow that. Look for the good in every situation and talk about that. Think about the people. If they would have believed the good report they would have wiped 40 years out of their wanderings. They would have been able to go right in and take the land. Their wanderings in the desert would have been done.
Same thing for us..
When we look for the good reports in our lives, we wipe out time in the wilderness wandering. I am all good with that! Grab the good news in every situation and declare that. My son got into trouble? Oh good, looks like at least 2 weeks of close family time to encourage him in the right way to go. My back went out? Oh cool, some good time to sit and spend time with the kids talking, playing, drawing. I can spend quality time with God. My Mom can come help with cleaning and we can talk and get reconnected. She can spend some quality time with a grandson who is trying to be unlikable right now. He can see that he is not entirely unlikable. Another son struggling in some areas. Okay. A chance to declare the word of God over his life and watch for the plans of God unfold for him. A chance for him to rekindle family relationships in good ways. A new growth area for him.
Its not easy for any of us to look for the good and not believe the good reports or even look for the good reports. I have not always done so well in this area. Its one of my growth areas… hehe.. (a work in progress- even as I write this!!)
But here is the challenge. Look for the good and move into the Promise. Or continue seeing the bad and continue to wander in the wilderness.
We always have a choice.
Love and blessings-