Summary of passage: The Holy Spirit warns not to harden your hearts against Him like the Israelites did in the rebellion where they tested God and God got so angry He swore they would never enter His rest. Instead, encourage one another daily so none of you will be deceived by sin. Have confidence in Christ. Do not be like the Israelites who irked God because they did not believe.
12) Personal Question. My answer: Many things exist today to squander our time. Internet, TV, video games, cell phones, and a plethora of activities to do that did not exist 100 years ago. By not doing my best at what God has called me to do. By not completing the tasks He has set before me. By wasting away time until before you know it none is left.
13a) The people rebelled (verse 15), sinned (verse 17), disobeyed (verse 18), and did not belief (verse 19). He was angry with them for 40 years and did not allow one of them to enter His promised land. Their bodies fell in the desert and never had rest.
b) Personal Question. My answer: My hardest has been God will provide and God will never forsake me. There have been times in my life when I think He’s not there and He has left me. I’m not for sure though how this has worked against me. I think it makes me depressed and anxious, angry and bitter. But deep down I know God is still working in my life. It is mostly the fact I don’t want to acknowledge Him because I don’t like what He is doing in my life.
Then I look back and see God where I hadn’t before and gain re-newed faith in Him. The joy doesn’t instantly return but it at least is present again.
Conclusions: I liked reading Numbers again. I like the OT. It has some of the best life lessons for us. It gets frustrating though reading the stupidity of some of the Israelites who never learned to trust in God after seeing Him for themselves. I think if I saw God or heard His actual voice, I would never question again (at least I hope so!).
I also liked the squandering time question since all of us face this in an increasingly complex world in which we live. It’s a good reminder to keep our eyes looking up and not down and listening to Him and not others.
I liked the message in Verses 12-13 about encouraging one another in this world full of sin. We need to do more of that. And on a daily basis. For it’s in the little decisions we make daily that the Devil creeps in and compounds our problems.
Great lesson today.