After you have seen it, you too will be gathered to your people, as your brother Aaron was, for when the community rebelled at the waters of the Desert of Zin, both of you disobeyed my command to honor me as holy before their eyes. Numbers 27:13-14
No one really wants to miss out on big events that occur. Everyone wants to be a part of something great that is occurring. At times people will allow bad habits or activities to get in the way and block them out from the event. Bad habits don’t seem bad, until consequences show up later.
God told Moses that he would soon die and not go into the promised land because he did not honor God and disobeyed Him in the Desert of Zin. This was when he struck the rock, rather than speak to it as commanded.
Most people do not think ahead of what the results of their actions of right now might be down the road. Their thinking is only in the right here and now, not the future. Often the immediate actions do not appear to have any future consequences.
Obedience to God has immediate and future consequences that are not always directly visible. One simple sin can easily put a person on a different path than what God had originally intended. All Moses did was strike a rock, rather than speak to it and he was not allowed to go into the promised land.
One of the greatest priorities of a believer is obedience to God. This proves trust in God and not self.
God has a great plan for each and every believer who is willing to obey Him. However, if there is disobedience, that plan may have to change due to the consequences of that sin.
As a believer, God has a plan for your life. He is willing to show you that plan and guide your steps. Do not allow a temporary pleasure of sin to get in the way and cause you to miss out on what God has for you.
Listen to and obey every command God gives you so that you can receive the promises of God. Trust God that He knows what is best for you, rather than trusting yourself or this fallen world.
Honor God with your whole life as an obedient servant, not just in words.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will obey all the commands God gives you; that you will honor God in every area of your life; and that you will not allow sin to block what God has for you.
Not one of them was among those counted by Moses and Aaron the priest when they counted the Israelites in the Desert of Sinai. Numbers 26:64
America does a census counting of all the people once every ten years. This is done for various reasons, though primarily for taxing purposes and to see how many people live in America and where they live.
Only those who live in America and are still living are counted in the census regardless of how young or old they are. Those outside the country are not counted at all, with the exception of some who are temporarily living outside the nation.
God had Moses take a census of the Israelites. None of those who were counted in the Desert of Sinai were counted for they were dead.
While nations take censuses on a regular basis, God will also be taking a census one day. God is counting the number of His children that will be able to enter His kingdom in heaven some day.
Just as with nations the number of people go up and down with each census, the number of people in God’s kingdom goes up and down. Every time a person repents of his sin and chooses to believe in and follow Jesus, the number goes up. At the same time, there are people who are deceived by the world and the devil and choose to walk away from God. This is when the number goes down.
Any believer who chooses to grumble and complain against God and decides to go the way of the world, refusing to obey God is leaving His kingdom. Salvation is guaranteed only when a believer continues to believe, obey God and repent when he fails to obey God.
Every believer must live in a way so that they will be counted when Jesus returns.
The moment you chose to believe in Jesus and repent of your sins, you became a citizen in God’s country. God began to count you as His child.
Do not hold this lightly or give it up to go back to the world, leaving God’s kingdom. Walking in sin and refusing to repent will cause Jesus to say He does not know you when He returns. You will not be counted as His child.
Ask yourself today if you will be counted as a member of God’s kingdom when Jesus returns.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will repent of all sins before God; that you will obey God’s commands to you; that God will be able to count you as His child; and that Jesus will be able to say He knows you when He returns.