SUNDAY 20TH OCTOBER, 2019
DON’T THINK OF GOING BACK
TEXT: NUMBERS 14:1-10
KEY VERSE: “And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt” (NUMBERS 14:4).
A wealthy Persian man sold his large farm when he was told tales of fabulous amounts of diamonds in a foreign country that could fetch him great riches. But after searching for a long time and getting nothing, he gave up in penury and committed suicide. Meanwhile, the man who bought his property discovered countless number of large diamonds right in the garden of the farmland.
The children of Israel were not satisfied with the great blessings their supernatural deliverance from suffering in Egypt had given them. They saw only the temporary pains that would precede the lasting gains that lay ahead. Their bitter complaints blinded them from cherishing what they possessed. Caleb and Joshua had given favourable report about the Promised Land but the people chose to disbelieve them; accepting instead, the negative account of the other spies. They disdained the promise of God to give them the land and proposed going back to Egypt.
There is always a tragic consequence when saved Christians want to eat their cake and have it; when they desire to hop into the past they have left behind. The early expression of this slide into rebellion and apostasy is murmuring, followed by unbelief in the word of God and lack of trust in His faithful servants. The antidote is a God-driven resolve not to go back to forsaken sins and for leaders to stand firm on biblical truths, no matter the pressure to compromise.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: You don’t make progress by going back.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: ISAIAH 61–66and