God has promised to fill us eternally and give us what we need today. In this we should be content.
I discovered a new show on TV yesterday. Shamefully I have to admit that I watched it for about five hours straight. It is called Doomsday Preppers. The premise of the show is that some cataclysmic event is going to hit America and that we as people are going to be woefully unprepared for the aftermath. With these assumptions in place this show follows preppers across America as they get ready for these major catastrophes. In their preparations these people would go to lengths far and wide. One man installed a bunker and lives in it three months a year. There was a dad who taught his 4 year old son how to shoot so that the child could help protect his compound. My favorite was a family who learned to create their own pepper spray and loaded it in to the children’s water guns.
I guess I appreciate watching shows like these because it reminds me that I’m not that crazy.
At the heart of each episode is a family living in such fear that they would be willing to spend their savings to have safeguards in place in case their delusions come to pass.
This morning as I read through scripture in Numbers, I came to realize that the human heart has not changed in 4000 years. Fear still is one of the main catalyst in its decision making. In our passage today God showed the people a land so rich in resources it described it as flowing with milk and honey. The only problem with this land was the inhabitants who were described as giants.
The people of Israel were given a choice to either trust God and take the land or live in fear and remain in the wilderness.
Up to this point God had led the people of Israel out of Egypt, the super power of its day, through plagues that destroyed every Egyptian deity culminating in the power of Pharaoh himself. God had parted the Red Sea as well. He showed that there was nothing in this world that was to big for Him. In this the people still did not trust God and so out of fear told Moses that going into the promised land was simply to scary.
How many times do we not follow God because of our fears? God asks us to take a step of faith trusting in His power and to often we say no because our faith is in our own power.
In this life we can expect the worst and prep for it, or we can trust that God is far greater than this world and trust Him. In the story of the people of Israel, because of their fears, God sent them on a 40 year detour. I would hate to miss the great things God has in store for you and me because I was simply to scared.