How many of you have asked that question of God? When we, by faith, accept God’s forgiveness we are also turning over our lives to Him. He becomes the boss. Sometimes, He guides us into situations where we just scratch our heads and wonder. We don’t have the perspective, so we don’t know the outcome. We can’t see where we are going or how we are going to get to the destination. All we can see is the immediate. Our limited perspective causes us to question everything!
Sitting in my dorm room, I prayed for God’s vision for my life. I had a plan but was ready to exchange mine for His. Over the course of a few weeks it became clear that I liked my plan better and now had a tough decision to make. Would I trust God or not? While that sounds simple, it isn’t. Going along with God’s plan would mean changing majors, accepting a lesser paying vocation, doing what I swore I would never do, and sucking up my pride. Anyone still with me?
God led Israel out of Egypt to the edge of the Promised Land. He sent spies over to investigate the land. 10 returned to say that God must be out of His mind! The people were big, strong, and some had iron chariots! While the food and land were good they could not see the desired outcome. All they could see was hard work, war, and casualty.
Then the whole community began weeping aloud, and they cried all night. Their voices rose in a great chorus of protest against Moses and Aaron. “If only we had died in Egypt, or even here in the wilderness!” they complained. “Why is the lord taking us to this country only to have us die in battle? Our wives and our little ones will be carried off as plunder! Wouldn’t it be better for us to return to Egypt?” Then they plotted among themselves, “Let’s choose a new leader and go back to Egypt!”
Instead of following the plan, they decided new leadership was in store. Many of us do this individually as well. We get frustrated with the current situation and opt to find a new god. Unfortunately we still go to church and that just complicates matters. We feign obedience through attendance though our hearts are far from God. We get caught up in money, work, family, the social scene and more trying to find the satisfaction we desperately want, but never do. May the words of Caleb and Joshua remind us to stand firm in the presence of God even when it seems that He is out of His mind.
They said to all the people of Israel, “The land we traveled through and explored is a wonderful land! And if the lord is pleased with us, he will bring us safely into that land and give it to us. It is a rich land flowing with milk and honey. Do not rebel against the lord, and don’t be afraid of the people of the land. They are only helpless prey to us! They have no protection, but the lord is with us! Don’t be afraid of them!”