DEVOTION FOR SUNDAY DECEMBER 4, 2016
Topic: A GOOD INTENTION MISCONSTRUED
Text: Numbers 13:26 – 33
Though the issue of spying out the Promised Land was first suggested by the Israelis themselves but when God later gave the approval, it was His intension that their findings will encourage them to swiftly go into action to posses the land. Unfortunately, it was not so. The Promised Land was indeed magnificent, as the 12 spies discovered (13:27). The Bible calls it the land flowing with milk and honey. Although the land was relatively small (150 miles long and 60 miles wide), its lush hillsides were covered with fig, date, and nut trees. These good descriptions of the land were despised by the majority report given by 10 out of the 12 spies because of the descendants of Anak there (13:28). The minority report of Caleb and Joshua were rejected.
The scenario after the reports was never the intent of God in approving their request to spy out the land. God wanted them to see and believe but it turned out the opposite. Most times, this is how God’s goodwill, providence, grace and mercies are defeated, misunderstood or abused. For example, God has called us into liberty. Many has misunderstood it and abused it by willfully committing immoral sins. This was the reason Paul said, “Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound (Rom. 6:1b)? We shouldn’t abuse the good intentions of God in providing that spouse, job, vehicle, etc by despising God, neglecting fellowships, church services and programmes. We should make good use of every opportunity God gives us to worship and glorify Him.
Memory verse: Numbers 13 verse 31
Food for Thought: Grace is not a license to continue in sin.
Prayer: Almighty God, help me to understand the essence of the grace and mercies I enjoy now so I can live my life therein to glorify you.