We Are Blessed by Debbie Leatherman

Today’s Passage – Numbers 14 – 15 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – Click here to view the passage from Blue Letter Bible)

(Second Milers also read – Acts 19 – 21Proverbs 20Psalms 101 – 105)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture Song – Psalm 119:105

Read the “0220 Evening and Morning“ devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

Read a previous post from today’s reading: “Obstacles.”

“The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.” (Numbers 14:18)

Like many of us, I read the verses in Numbers that tell of all the complaining of the congregation, and what seems to be a lack of trust in God and / or their leaders; and I wonder how in the world all those people could so quickly forget how God had saved them from slavery and blessed them and protected them… and I think My Goodness how could they so quickly forget the miracles they had seen and experienced??..

BUT THEN, I realize that I can’t be so high & mighty because in fact, aren’t we the same way?  I know I am.. They complained and whined but don’t we do that too?  I know I do… And they had no self-control.. but I struggle with self-control sometimes too..

Perhaps the root of their doubt and disappointment was really that way down deep they thought; “I’m not really worthy that God would do all this for me?”  I’m not qualified; I’m not capable; I’m fearful of change; Can anyone else relate or is it just me?  I even struggled with trying to contribute to this Blog and I lack confidence in having enough wisdom and knowledge and ability to place the right words on paper to make a good thought. Doesn’t the Devil know exactly how to scare us and frustrate us; cause us to doubt and worry, and complain and whine??   He can certainly get into my head and cause me to self-doubt, to tell me that I’m in that other part of Gideon’s army that he sent back to their tents; not the final chosen 300 to fight the good fight (Judges 7:8).

Thank you, Lord, for your forgiveness; to the Israelites of old and to us today.  Thank you for your longsuffering and patience; your love even though we also complain and whine and doubt, just way too often.

Remember He is Our God.. Numbers 15:41

Fear not..Num 14:8-9

II Tim 1:7

Listen to Steve Green sing: “Find Us Faithful

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