Numbers 14: Don’t Miss an Opportunity

I think that we all have missed opportunities that we really wish we would have taken. Sometimes, things could have been so much better, but for some reason we dropped the ball and now have to deal with the consequences.

In Numbers chapter 14, the Israelites complained a little bit too much, and God told them that essentially because of their disbelief, they would not be able to enter the Promised Land.

Their children would be allowed to enter, but the rest of them would wander around in the wilderness.

Num 14:21  But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.

Num 14:22  Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice;

Num 14:23  Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it:

Of course, when the people of Israel heard about this, they all of a sudden wanted to make it right, but it was too late.

Num 14:40  And they rose up early in the morning, and gat them up into the top of the mountain, saying, Lo, we be here, and will go up unto the place which the LORD hath promised: for we have sinned.

Num 14:41  And Moses said, Wherefore now do ye transgress the commandment of the LORD? but it shall not prosper.

Num 14:42  Go not up, for the LORD is not among you; that ye be not smitten before your enemies.

Num 14:43  For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and ye shall fall by the sword: because ye are turned away from the LORD, therefore the LORD will not be with you.

The people of Israel were ready to repent because they knew that they all of a sudden were going to have to pay for their sins and didn’t want to do that. They now understood the truth and it was obvious to them, but it was too late.

Regrettably, the situation is far from extinct.

There are millions of people today who need to put their faith in God. In the end, we know that everyone will understand that God is exactly who He has said He is.

Rom 14:11  For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.

When faced with this reality, there are only going to be two answers. Either we had a relationship with God, or we didn’t. It is a binary outcome.

None of us deserve mercy, but by the grace of God and belief in Him, we can be assured of eternal life.

Joh 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

So, I urge you to not miss this opportunity. It is really the biggest (and best) decision you will ever make.

About Zak Schmoll

Zak Schmoll is the founder of Entering the Public Square, and Managing Editor of An Unexpected Journal. He earned his MA in Apologetics at Houston Baptist University and is currently a PhD student in Humanities at Faulkner University. His work has been featured on several websites including The Federalist, Public Discourse and the Fourth World Journal.

Posted on November 30, 2012, in Numbers and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Zak, I’ve been thinking about this entry for the past few days as I travel and another things stands out for me: God continually shows us that he cares for us and looks out for us, but we quickly forget and lose confidence that he’ll be as much with us in the future as he has been in the past. Not everything goes as well as we’d like. Sometimes things on earth happen that are very discouraging or downright hurtful. But we need to remember that God sees all these things and will be standing with us through them all. Take care. See you soon. Chick

    • I agree entirely. It is kind of funny the way it works out though. In our lives in general, if something works well over and over again, we begin to trust it. It should be the same way with our attitude towards God. Because He always comes through, we should always have faith. That is a lot easier for me to write that than it is to practice it, but I’m working.

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