For the Amalekites and the Canaanites will be there in front of you, and you will fall by the sword, inasmuch as you have turned back from following the Lord. And the Lord will not be with you.” – Numbers 14:43
The only way Israel could ensure God’s guidance and presence as they left Egypt was to remain on His path, to follow Him wherever He led them. They departed from God’s plan when they rejected Joshua and Caleb’s positive report on the land of Canaan, and it led to 40 years of wilderness wanderings. Over 600,000 men eventually died during the wilderness wanderings, short of the land of promise, all because of unbelief and disobedience.
Can we expect to know God’s abiding presence if we refuse to follow Him? The only thing that guaranteed God’s protection to Israel was His presence. Granted, such presence was not guaranteed to the individual Israelite under the old covenant (as it is to the regenerated Christian under the new), but if we (as believers) also run from the Lord, or simply cease to follow, shouldn’t we expect to find ourselves all alone in the midst of a trial we have created by our own disobedience?
Well, yes. Our best hope is to consistently abide with Christ.
You are never left alone when you are alone with God. – Woodrow Kroll
Dr. David Pope is the Founder and CEO of Pope Initiatives. ARM Solutions is a division of Pope Initiatives that exists to activate collaborative efforts for sustainable impact among the global unreached.
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