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October 2015

Tuesday, 06 October 2015

Dodge the Dead End
'...We can certainly do it.' Numbers 13:30 NIV


Caleb had his head screwed on. He was in a team on a mission to check out the Promised Land, which didn’t go so well. Most of the spies were terrified—they returned with stories of a land ‘that devours its inhabitants’ (Numbers 13:32 NKJ), with people who made them look ‘like grasshoppers’ (Numbers 13:33 NKJ). Not a great starting point for Israel, who’d been waiting to get to the land promised to them. In the face of bad news, Caleb had a different approach. He trusted God and remembered His faithfulness, and said: ‘We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.’ It takes courage to look beyond what looks like a dead end. Perhaps you’re trying to break a habit, or trying out some gifts you think God’s given you, for the first time. You’re on new ground, and even if you know you’re there with God, when you feel under threat from others (or yourself), it can be enough to make you want to stop trying. But when we take hold of Caleb’s strategy, we’re on to a winner: ‘Do not rebel against the Lord. And do not fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us.’ (Numbers 14:9 ESV) See, the very things that hold you back can be used as ‘bread’ to feed you and keep you going to where God is leading you. If you’ve started a good thing with God, don’t give up now. Think about something that’s held you back from living fully for God. Keep it in your head, then read Numbers 13:25–14:10. Now pray about what’s holding you back.

SoulFood: Ex 4-6, John 1:43-51, Ps 92, Prov 26:1-3

word4U2day (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by UCB Australia. 2015 UCB International Ltd

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