I recently started a new book (& finished Sacred Parenting a few weeks ago…) that I’m reading during my morning devotional time, “God’s Big Picture“. I’m halfway through & so far it’s a “will recommend”. The only thing i don’t like is that it refuses to stay open, but that’s a printing issue….anyhow i’m not writing to ‘review’ the book right now. I just read a paragraph that in retrospect seems like a “duh” & i’m thinking I may be the last Christian on earth get this, but I will expose my ignorance just in case this changes someone else’s world like it just changed mine 30min ago:
The Author is discussing the Israelites in the wilderness; their unbelief & inability to enter the promised land due to the unbelief:
The apostle Paul tells us that their fate is a warning to us: ‘these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did’ (I Corin. 10:6). If we have faith in Christ, we too have been set free from slavery (to sin, not Egypt) by a Passover sacrifice (of Jesus, not of a lamb), and have been set on a journey to the promised land (heaven, not Canaan). We must make sure that we do not fall because of sin & unbelief, but that we keep trusting God until we reach the destination.
Whew how often have I rolled my eyes at those Israelites, “man! they SAW (i mean REALLY SAW) God deliver them! how can they be grumbling & not trusting Him??”…..& how often have I in turn, grumbled & complained about my own “journey to the promised land”. While I knew we are in transition here on earth & waiting for the eternal…I just never compared our travels (or lack of faith during it) to the Israelites. As I said…duh….