Tidbits of Truth
"Words Have Consequences"
If you had to narrow down to just one sentence as to what robbed the Israelites of ‘Most’ of the promises that God had originally given to them, what would it be? To me, it would go something like this: “Their Constant Murmuring and Complaining Effectively Canceled God’s Blessings Prepared For Their Lives.” It took only 40 hours to get Israel out of Egypt… But it took 40 years to get Egypt out of Israel! At Kadesh-Barnea, Moses sent 12 spies to check out the Promised Land. When the spies returned, 10 of them came back absolutely mortified; especially when they described how they saw the ‘Nephilim’ (more commonly known to us as ‘The Giants’) dwelling throughout the land. According to the negative report of the 10 spies (as presented in Numbers 13:33) it records why they were so fearful of the giants: ''…and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight'…' Their reports were so demoralizing that it ended up discouraging the entire assembly. Perhaps you are thinking that (at least from a very human standpoint) these men had reason to be afraid—giants and all. And yet, lest we forget, ‘They ARE The Children of God’ and as such, their very words were a direct indication that they possessed a ‘Woeful Lack of Faith’ in the very God of whom they boasted to serve. (What about the 10 plagues He had sent on Egypt; or His parting of the Red Sea; or about the manna that He still rained down every day?) Next, there was the ‘Minority Report’ of the other 2 spies (Joshua and Caleb). Same land, same giants; and yet, they said, ''This land is rich, it’s full, it’s marvelous. Let us go up at once and possess it ‘For We are Well Able To Overcome It’.'' Now theirs is a very different report was from the other 10. Why? It was because “These were the words of men who were ‘Relying On God’ and not on their own strength to take the land. Furthermore, these were words spoken by men of ‘Faith’ rather than by men of ‘Fear!’ You see, these 2 ‘BELIEVED’ what God had already told all of them concerning the land when He said, ''Go take it.'' They just decided to ‘Believe Him’ regardless of how things ‘May Have Appeared At The Moment!’ And as for the 10 murmurers and complainers… well, sadly, they and all who believed their report spent the next 40 years in the Wilderness, and they ‘ALL’ died without ever experiencing God’s Abundant Promises in their lives. May God help each of us to realize that our ‘Words Definitely Have Consequences!’*** (Numbers 13 & 14)