If the LORD is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. Only do not rebel against the LORD. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the LORD is with us. Do not be afraid of them.” Numbers 14: 8 & 9
This story fascinates me. The spies went into the Promised Land. Caleb and Joshua trusted God, the others didn’t. Subsequently the people rebelled and wandered the wilderness for 40 years. A few failed to trust and a whole generation failed to realise God’s promise and blessing. Trusting God is important, not trusting has consequences.
Back home, It is easy to let fear rule; easy to fear tackling sin dressed up as ‘thorny issues’ and sometimes ‘no’ is a hard word to say.
We forget that we are a new creation and that God is with us and that good things come for us and our families when we trust him.
God is faithful. Where do you need to trust God in your relationship? What needs to change?
Prayer (as a couple)
Dear Lord. Thank you that I am a new creation, won at a price. Thank you that you are with me each day. Through your word and in the power of the Holy Spirit help me to love , trust and obey you so that I may be more like you. Reveal to me the fears and issues I need to face up to in my relationship with ____ and give me the strength and faith to deal with them with grace and truth. Amen
Prayer (for others)
Dear Lord, We pray for _____ and _____. May they come to know and trust you more. Please reveal to them your truth and give then the faith and strength to trust and obey you and to overcome fear. May they become distinct ambassadors for you. Amen
‘And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year, Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown’. And he replied: Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand Of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way’ So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night.’ Minnie Louise Haskin