Posted by: John-Paul | October 30, 2018

Chicken Little “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!”

Chicken Little took an acorn on the head and went around proclaiming the end of the world.

Twelve spies came back from exploring the Promised Land. Ten of them returned fearful.

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.”

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: 27-28, 32-33)

Because of this fearful report, the whole community of Israel refused God’s call to invade Canaan. They called for new elections and a return to bondage in Egypt. Instead, God gave them forty more years of wandering in the Wilderness until that whole generation died. Then their children invaded the Promised Land.

Nephilim

So often, people look at the troubles in their lives, at the scope of the dreams God calls them to fulfill, at the immensity of the obstacles to overcome and they react in fear. They focus on the size of the problems instead of the enormity of the God Who calls them to fight and to overcome… with His help.

Because of this fearful disobedience, they are left to die rather than be used to do God’s work.

“Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the wilderness, where your ancestors tested me; they tried me, though they had seen what I did. For forty years I was angry with that generation; I said, ‘They are a people whose hearts go astray, and they have not known my ways.’ So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’” (Psalm 95:8-11

 

A blog post in hebrew4christians.com pulls together other Scriptures to encourage faith-filled rest in God. Unable to copy the author’s words, I can give you only this link.

However, he quotes such Scriptures as

He summarizes God’s promises that if we will only rest in Him – trust in His ability to make things happen – He will pull us through, cause us to overcome, complete His work through us.

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