April 7: When God’s Name Was at Stake

Read Numbers 14

God was ready to wipe them out and just start all over.

But Moses reminded Him what this whole thing was about. His Name and nothing else. It had been about His Name when the people complained about what they did not have. And later when Korah and the 250 men rejected their positions and wanted more. Yes, coming into the Promised Land, the delivery of God’s promised gift was about His Name, and His Name alone.

Moses’ heart stood steadfast knowing that this was entirely God’s deal. From the promise He gave Abraham to the leader He chose in Moses and now to this — the scary sons of Anak who needed to be displaced, God has had this thing all along.

So Moses stood firm as he reminded Almighty God that His name was at stake. “Now if you kill this people . . . then the nations who have heard your fame will say, ‘It is because the LORD was not able to bring this people into the land that he swore to give to them that he has killed them in the wilderness'” (vv. 15-16).

That’s when a most amazing thing happened. God the I Am pardoned the Israelites according to a man’s word. (See v. 20.) He did not obliterate this generation of Israel. Rather, He sent them back into the wilderness where they would raise the next generation. The next generation who would enter the land they had been so scared to possess.

“But your little ones, who you said would become a prey, I will bring in, and they shall know the land that you have rejected” (v. 33)

It’s crazy how easy it is to forget whose gig this is.

He promised abundance in our lives, but we lose jobs and suffer great losses so we throw up our hands and figure the promise is only for later. For someday in eternity. While this is true to a certain extent, still Jesus promised us more and better life for even right now. (See Jn. 10:10.) But it looks to be impossible. Non-existent. Not gonna’ happen.

What might happen if we trusted Him to give us that abundance even inside that impossible loss? How might He bless us with more of His promise if we choose to see His mighty hand ready to fight for us and give us that better life? Even right now.

I dare say we’d be living the promise, even as we wait for the Promise of Heaven.


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