• William T. Howe Ph.D.

February 25, 2021

Daily Reading: Numbers 34-35

Numbers 33:1

These are the journeys of the children of Israel, which went forth out of the land of Egypt with their armies under the hand of Moses and Aaron.

In Chapter 33 of Numbers the journeys of Israel are chronicled. From Egypt to the Promise Land, the children of Israel wandered. A trip that could have taken just a few days took forty years. Why? Because they lacked faith. Their journey, while physical, paints a picture of the spiritual journey of every New Testament child of God.

Eternal salvation is a matter of grace through faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ plus nothing minus nothing. Salvation is as simple as eating a piece of bread when hungry or taking a drink of water when thirsty, but living a victorious Christian life, that is a challenge. It's a journey. A unique, wonderful, exciting, sometimes humbling, and always present journey. It's a lifetime journey. It's a trying journey. It's a challenging journey. It's a worthwhile journey. It's a personal journey. No two people have the same exact journey. Some travel through it quickly, others are slower. Some enter into the promise land of victorious living only to find their journey has no end it just keeps growing sweeter and more rewarding. Some never enter into that promise land of rest. But one thing is the same, the journey is before us, it is ever present, it is a daily pursuit, and it is a lifetime challenge.

The journey of the Israelites was physical, ours is spiritual. Your spiritual journey is yours and yours alone. There is no choice about being on the journey, but there is a choice about being successful in it. Israel made many wrong choices which cost them dearly. So do we. At times Israel was full of faith and obedient in every detail, as we also are. If there is one overriding lesson for us today from Israel's wilderness wanderings it is this: God wants us to learn from them the folly of disobedience and the sweetness of total obedience.

Philippians 4:8 states: Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Obeying this verse on our spiritual journey will bring sweetness of mind. Disobeying it will cause us to mentally dwell underneath the beggarly elements of this world which bring about despair, disillusionment, discouragement, despondency, and destruction.

So, as Paul stated, run your race! Reach for the prize, win the day, and do it all for Christ! Let your journey be one of speedy victory through faith.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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