There are implications and consequences for not seeing God in the midst of our circumstance, issues or challenges. The consequence can be very devastating as we are about to. The 10 tribal leaders lost perspective, hence they denied the power of God from operating. In like manner, if we refuse to see God in the midst, then we suffer the consequences of embracing the wrong perspective based on what the natural eyes projects into our view. However, remember what the Bible says, “But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.” Read 2 Corinthians 2:14 (ESV). Watch this, we are being paraded to our world about how God has defeated the enemy of fear in our lives. Hallelujah. Now, let us detail some of the impacts of not seeing God.
- Not seeing God can lead to rebellion.
- The short-sightedness of the report from the 10 tribal leaders who opposed Joshua and Caleb incited an uprising in the camp. The extent of the rebellion was such that the Bible records it thus, “Then the whole community began weeping aloud, and they cried all night. Their voices rose in great chorus against Moses and Aaron.” …”Then they plotted among themselves, let us choose a new leader and go back to Egypt.” Read Numbers 14:1-4 (NIV). Watch this, an ability not to see God in the midst of a circumstance can surely lead to chaos murmurings and complaining; all these are acts of unbelief.
- Not seeing God can lead to wandering in the wilderness.
- “Since the spies were in the land for forty days, you must wander in the wilderness for forty years—a year for each day, bearing the burden of your sins. I will teach you what it means to reject me.” Read Numbers 14:34 (TLB). Their short-sightedness caused them to wander in the wilderness to the point of death. This not ought to be our case because we have an internal GPS in the person of the Holy Spirit who will help “enlighten the eyes of our heart.” Read Ephesians 1:18 (NASB).
- Not seeing God can lead to certain dis-ease.
- “Then the ten spies who had incited the rebellion against Jehovah by striking fear into the hearts of the people were struck dead before the Lord.” Read Numbers 14:36 (TLB). Fear in the heart can cause paralysis. When one refuses to see and heed the Lord, it can cause dis-ease and stress ultimately leading to death. Only Joshua and Caleb remained alive, why? Because they refused to be dis-eased about the negative report brought by the other tribal leaders. The Bible says, “Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore, I have set my face like a stone, determined to do His will. And I know that I will not be put to shame.” Read Isaiah 50:7 (NLT).
There is so much to grasp from the text, and I want to encourage you to be steadfast in your identity in Christ. Know who you are and who you belong to, embrace with the eyes of your heart what the Lord has spoken concerning you, then make up your mind to be resolute in your pursuit of God’s promises for you.
Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for Your grace is evident in our lives, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Read Romans 8:38-39 (NIV).
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