HOW DID WE SEEK GOD’S FACE THROUGH PRAYER AND SEE HIS HAND AT WORK THIS WEEK?

WHAT DID GOD SAY IN HIS WORD?

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.” 31 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.” 32 So they brought to the people of Israel a bad report of the land that they had spied out, saying, “The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people that we saw in it are of great height. 33 And there we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak, who come from the Nephilim), and we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.”
Then all the congregation raised a loud cry, and the people wept that night. 2 And all the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron. 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 a prey. Would it not be better for us to go back to Egypt?” 4 And they said to one another, “Let us choose a leader and go back to Egypt.” 5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the people of Israel. 6 And Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes 7 and said to all the congregation of the people of Israel, “The land, which we passed through to spy it out, is an exceedingly good land. 8 If the LORD delights in us, he will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land that flows with milk and honey. 9 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.” 10 Then all the congregation said to stone them with stones. But the glory of the LORD appeared at the tent of meeting to all the people of Israel. 11 And the LORD said to Moses, “How long will this people despise me? And how long will they not believe in me, in spite of all the signs that I have done among them? 12 I will strike them with the pestilence and disinherit them, and I will make of you a nation greater and mightier than they.”

Recall from Sunday:

Sons and daughters focus on God’s promises instead of our problems, on the issues instead of blaming others, and delight in God rather than despise Him.

Reflect:

When was the last time God called you to do something that was bigger than your resources? Something that was beyond your ability to plan for all the problems? Did you step forward into it anyway? Did you hold back? Why or why not?

WHAT DID GOD SAY TO ME THROUGH HIS WORD?

The faithless spies took in data about the strength of the inhabitants of the land, but failed to account for the strength of their God who would go with them (Num. 13:31-33). How often does the presence of God with you impact your decisions about your future? Do you feel like you can count on God to be there for you when it counts? Why or why not?

Do you relate to God more as his servant or as his son/daughter? What’s the difference? If God has called you his child, how ought that impact the way you approach challenging situations and uncertain futures?

WHAT DOES GOD WANT ME TO DO ABOUT IT?

Identify where you are focusing on problems and blaming others. Encourage each other to step forward in courage as you reflect on the promises of God together.

Identify what attitudes you are harboring that treat God as small and distant. Confess those attitudes to God and invite him to show you how trustworthy and present he is.