Even though Caleb is trusting God will conquer Israel’s enemies, he must endure the consequences of the majority’s sin. Moses has been reminding God of His character, as well as begging for mercy & forgiveness for the people’s rebellion.
Then the Lord said: “I have pardoned, according to your word; but truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord” (Numbers 14: 20-21)
God assures Moses that He will pardon, or forgive, the Israelites. He immediately follows up with an exception – but truly, as I live. Even though God forgives the Israelites, there are consequences for the sin of complaining.
Those who did not believe died in the wilderness. Death is a result of complaining against God and having no faith in Him.
It is the same today. God forgives you of your sin, but there are still consequences.
- If you complain, your kids will complain.
- If you are unfaithful in teaching your children God’s Word, your children will not walk with God.
- If you indulge in overeating, you will gain weight.
- If you overspend, you will have to pay off your debt.
- If you spoon feed academics to your high school children, they will never learn to be independent.
- If you are unkind to your family & friends, they will be unkind to you.
- If you are not walking with the Lord, your children will probably not walk with the Lord.
Yes, God forgives you of these sins & all the others, but He disciplines those He loves. With discipline comes consequences to your sin.
Caleb has a different spirit…
What spirit do you have, as a homeshool mom & wife?
But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it. Numbers 14: 24
Caleb believes God wholeheartedly.
Caleb is faithful to God
Caleb knows God will conquer his enemies
As homeschool moms & wives, we must walk in faith.
Faith in God. Faith in His power. Faith is His wisdom.
Too often, we are overwhelmed by the cares of everyday life.
Or, we get tired & don’t spend quiet time with God.
Or, we are short with our kids.
Your kids see how you live and follow your example.
On the other hand … you may walk faithfully with God on a daily basis.
Your kids see your faithful walk and follow your example.
Being a homeschool mom who juggles school, home, finances, ministry and much more is actually very difficult. That’s why it is so important to remember:
For we walk by faith, not by sight.
2 Corinthians 5:7
If Caleb walked by sight, he would be like the other 10 spies, overwhelmed by the giants of the land. Instead, Caleb chose to walk by faith, trusting in God. He keeps his eyes on God instead of his circumstances.
Take a minute now and ask God to help you walk by faith.
Tell Him the things you are worried about. Turn those concerns & problems over to Him. Let Him take care of YOU and your problems or concerns.
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