Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 6, 2014

“Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, On those who hope for His lovingkindness”

Today’s devotion comes from Numbers Chapter 13.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers+13&version=NASB

I quote the following verses.

“1 Then the Lord spoke to Moses saying, 2 “Send out for yourself men so that they may spy out the land of Canaan, which I am going to give to the sons of Israel;  you shall send a man from each of their fathers’ tribes, every one a leader among them.”  3 So Moses sent them from the wilderness of Paran at the command of the Lord, all of them men who were heads of the sons of Israel.  …

23 Then they came to the valley of Eshcol and from there cut down a branch with a single cluster of grapes;  and they carried it on a pole between two men, with some of the pomegranates and the figs. 24 That place was called the valley of Eshcol, because of the cluster which the sons of Israel cut down from there.

25 When they returned from spying out the land, at the end of forty days, 26 they proceeded to come to Moses and Aaron and to all the congregation of the sons of Israel in the wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh;  and they brought back word to them and to all the congregation and showed them the fruit of the land.  27 Thus they told him, and said, “We went in to the land where you sent us; and it certainly does flow with milk and honey, and this is its fruit.  28 Nevertheless, the people who live in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large;  and moreover, we saw the descendants of Anak there.  29 Amalek is living in the land of the Negev and the Hittites and the Jebusites and the Amorites are living in the hill country, and the Canaanites are living by the sea and by the side of the Jordan.”

30 Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we will surely overcome it.”  31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are too strong for us.”  32 So they gave out to the sons of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone, in spying it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants;  and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great size.  33 There also we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak are part of the Nephilim);  and we became like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”  Numbers Chapter 13:  Verses 1-3 and 23-33.

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Do we focus on God and His promises? 

Or, do we focus on man?

In today’s Scripture, God had again reaffirmed:  “I am going to give (the land of Canaan) to the sons of Israel”.  Verse 1.  In addition to knowing that God had promised Israel this land, the spies knew God’s promises that this land was good:  “it certainly does flow with milk and honey, and this is its fruit.”  Verse 27.

Caleb focused on God and His promises:  “We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we will surely overcome it.”  Verse 30.

“But the men who had gone up with him (Caleb) said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are too strong for us.”  Verse 31.  They focused on man.

We too are faced with these two basic alternatives in life.  Are we going to focus on God and His promises?  Or, are we going to focus on man? 

“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.  Hebrews 11:6.

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!”  Matthew 7:11.

“For the Lord God is a sun and shield;  The Lord gives grace and glory;  No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”  Psalm 84:11.

“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”  Romans 8:32.

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”  Romans 8:32.

Question 26.  What believest thou when thou sayest, “I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth”? 

Answer.  That the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (who of nothing made heaven and earth, with all that is in them;  who likewise upholds and governs the same by his eternal counsel and providence) is for the sake of Christ his Son, my God and my Father; on whom I rely so entirely, that I have no doubt, but he will provide me with all things necessary for soul and body:  and further, that he will make whatever evils he sends upon me, in this valley of tears turn out to my advantage; for he is able to do it, being Almighty God, and willing, being a faithful Father.  Heidelberg Catechism.

In final summary and conclusion, in panoramic language, fitting to these two basic alternatives in life, Psalm Chapter 33 leads us to be like Caleb, to focus on God and His promises, to hope for His lovingkindness.

“13 The Lord looks from heaven;
He sees all the sons of men;
14 From His dwelling place He looks out
On all the inhabitants of the earth,
15 He who fashions the hearts of them all,
He who understands all their works.
16 The king is not saved by a mighty army;
A warrior is not delivered by great strength.
17 A horse is a false hope for victory;
Nor does it deliver anyone by its great strength.

18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him,
On those who hope for His lovingkindness,
19 To deliver their soul from death
And to keep them alive in famine.
20 Our soul waits for the Lord;
He is our help and our shield.
21 For our heart rejoices in Him,
Because we trust in His holy name.
22 Let Your lovingkindness, O Lord, be upon us,
According as we have hoped in You.”  Psalm 33:13-22.


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