Today we move into reading from the fourth book from the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible), the book of Numbers. This book is as the name suggests. It is a book concerning the literal numbers of the people, but it also goes into great detail why the people wandered int he dessert for forty years.
So...go ahead and take your time and read Numbers 3-4, 6, 11-14. I know it is seven chapters of reading, but they are seven chapters worth your time.
Now...go back for me to Numbers 14:11. Read it! Now...jump down to Numbers 14:17-19.
Every time I read these verses along with the narrative of the spies entering Canaan and the Israelites disbelieving this is the'Promised Land' the LORD would give them I am always in shock. Yet, at the same time I think about how so often we are even worse than these Israelites.
How is that? Think about it. When have you ever been promised a vast amount of land, and you might have to fight giants for it? My guess is never. Yet...the Lord promises forgiveness, deliverance, the ability to do his will, that we are his children, that we are co-heirs with Christ, that he works all things for the good of those who love him, and on and on and on. The LORD's promises are tremendous and great, but we are so quick to forget them.
Take some time thinking through, rereading, praying, and memorizing Romans 8:28 today, "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose."