Another Side of Sunday: Change

We were reminded Sunday of the Israelites’ desert season. Do you remember how they got there?

They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran. There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land. They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan.”

Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”

But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”

Numbers 13: 26-33

It all began with how the Israelite’s responded to change. When faced with what was ahead, they were like stubborn donkeys refusing to budge.

We’re not much different when faced with change.

We survey the ground to be covered. Size up the giants we are facing and consider all the reasons moving forward might be disasterous. We “what if” ourselves to death and pretty soon we’re looking at the promised land from a dry desert.

Change…

It’s inevitable. Because nothing grows without change. Not a seed, or a child, or our own faith. I think we would do well to consider our tendency to resist change as we prayerfully consider the future of our church.

The Israelite’s heart and faith is revealed in the following verses:

That night all the members of the community raised their voices and wept aloud.  All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this wilderness! Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?” And they said to each other, “We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt.”

Numbers 14:1-4

May our hearts and minds be open to His Spirit. As we stand on the shores of the Jordan and look across to God’s promises, may we choose to see through eyes of faith not fear. May we refuse to grumble, and complain. May we seek His way above our own.

In Jesus name, Amen.

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