A SOLEMN LESSON FROM ISRAEL
This morning I was having coffee with a young man who is a true Timothy in the Lord. We were discussing what is needed to know we are in the right place doing the Lord’s work HIS WAY! He mentioned Numbers 14. Israel had grumbled against the Lord over and over, including those who Moses sent to spy out the Promised Land. The consequences were very severe; none of that generation would go in and possess the land, except Joshua and Caleb who brought back a good report of the land.
When they insisted on going “up to the place that the Lord has promised…Moses said… “Do not go up, for the Lord is not among you”” (Numbers 14:42). It is very dangerous to forge ahead in doing a good thing, but without the presence of the Lord. As we have often pointed out in this blog, the Early Church was a power movement of God because the Lord was with them through the power of the Holy Spirit. They would not go places or plan ahead without knowing that God was directing them. His presence in the Spirit with them was indispensable!
How certain are you of going with the presence of God in your life or ministry? After the Lord Jesus was taken into heaven, the apostles “went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them” (Mark 16:20). You can only be certain that the Lord is working with you if you are working with Him. The consequences of working without being with the Lord is fruitless labor and wasted time and resources.
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