Thursday, June 30, 2011
WITH God: The One Exception
I referenced earlier that there's one time that you cannot walk with God.
Maybe you already know what I'm referring to, but lets look at Numbers 14 for a great illustration of it.
The people of Israel had just received word that the promised land might be harder to conquer than they thought. The majority of them reject the promise of God and want to look for a new leader and head back to Egypt.
Moses, Aaron, Caleb and Joshua plead with the people in verses 8 and 9: "If the Lord delights in us, then he will bring us into this land and give it to us – a land that is flowing with milk and honey. Only do not rebel against the Lord, and do not fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. Their protection has turned aside from them, but the Lord is with us. Do not fear them!"
The people of Israel don't listen. God disciplines by sending them to wander in the desert for 40 years until everyone older than 39 passes away. When the people here this judgment, they have a change heart.
Let's pick up at verse 40: "And early in the morning they went up to the crest of the hill country, saying, “Here we are, and we will go up to the place that the Lord commanded, for we have sinned.” But Moses said, “Why are you now transgressing the commandment of the Lord? It will not succeed! Do not go up, for the Lord is not among you, and you will be defeated before your enemies. For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and you will fall by the sword. Because you have turned away from the Lord, the Lord will not be with you.”
Suffice it to say, you cannot walk WITH God while disobeying him. That's why sin is such a big deal. It ruins your relationship with God.
(All praise to Jesus for restoring that relationship that I daily break!)