Weekly Pursuit – Week 4 of March

Mar 25, 2019 by

Verses:

Num. 14:9 “Only do not rebel against Jehovah, nor should you fear the people of the land, for they are our bread. Their protection has been removed from them, and Jehovah is with us; do not fear them.”

 

Excerpts:

Why did the children of Israel become abhorrent to God in Numbers 13 and 14? Because they were so much for themselves. In everything and in every way they were for themselves, not for God’s interests. If they had thought even a little about God’s interests, they would have said, “God, as You have been so good to us, we just love You. We would like to sacrifice our future, our safety, our security, our existence, and everything for Your purpose. We forget about our benefit. For Your purpose, let us go and possess the land.”

 

Caring for God and His interests produces faith. When we are so much for ourselves, it is difficult for us to have faith in God. But if we take the standing that we are for God and that for His interests we are willing to risk everything—our future, our family, even our life—faith will spontaneously be produced in us.

 

We all need to be impressed with the fact that in ourselves we are weak and do not have any faith. Who among us can boast that he has faith? Faith is of God, faith is in God, and faith comes from God. If we would have faith, we must learn to care for God’s interests and not for our benefit. The worldly people are concerned daily for their own security and benefit, but we should care for God and His interests. History tells us that those who cared for God and did not consider their own benefit became people of faith, and some even became giants of faith. (Life-study of Numbers, Msg. 21)

 

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