When it comes to following God, it will always come with some resistance. This is because the flesh is weak, and if we cannot get control over it, then we will be ruled by our own desires all the days of our lives. When we hear the commands of God, some people will take His callings as hard, but those that know God will be eager to do His will. This is seen in the book of Numbers, chapter 13. Out of the many people, Caleb was excited to do God’s will and go into Canaan. He knew it was God’s will to possess the land and was ready to do whatever it would take to obtain the land. It is written, “and they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it. Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there. The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan. And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.” (Numbers 13:27-30)
It is sad that only Caleb was ready to go into the promised land, where everyone else were afraid to go into the land or said nothing at all. This is interesting since Caleb came from the line of Judah. “Of the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh.” (Numbers 13:6) As for the fearful and those who didn’t trust God, this is what they said. “But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we. And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.” (Numbers 13:31-33) You will learn later on that people who resisted doing God’s will were punished. And as for us in this life, we are also punished for disobeying God. Those who resist the counsel of God are counted with the unrighteous come death. Who will you serve? Your flesh, people, or God? It is up to you if you want to be saved or not. Amen.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that more people will give their lives to You if they have not already. I am speaking of every person who believes in You but has been on the fence about going all in. Help them understand that when we straddle the fence, our salvation is not secure. Many people think that the more they do their own good works, the more You will love them and also allow them into heaven. What they don’t realize is that these good works are as filthy rags in Your sight. Therefore, I come to You daily in order to be led by You and not the flesh. I can go about doing all I think is right, but that will not matter in the end if I forgot about Your will. God, Your ways do lead to eternal life in heaven. It is a narrow gate that leads to life. This means that only few shall find it as You have said, Jesus. This really causes to me think. There must be many more people suffering in hell, and far less people in paradise over the centuries. Lord, thank You for saving me. I feel so grateful that You have pulled me out of the fire while I still have breath. It is my prayer that more people will hear the gospel and not have to go to hell when they die. Wake up every person who is denying You now to repentance. I love You, Lord. Amen.