Key Passage: “According to the number of days which you spied out the land, forty days, for every day you shall bear your guilt a year, even forty years, and you will know My opposition. I, the Lord, have spoken, surely this I will do to all this evil congregation who are gathered together against Me. In this wilderness they shall be destroyed, and there they will die.” Numbers 14:34-35
Today’s passage is incredibly sobering. We’ve already seen how Israel’s grumbling quickly turned to distrust of God, which led to rebellion. And the moment they rebelled against His command they stepped off the path of victory. They believed the price of obedience was too high; only to discover the cost of disobedience. As a result, a generation of Israelites existed only to wander in a circle for 40 years and die.
Now, disobeying instructions from God’s Word won’t keep a follower of Jesus out of Heaven. It will, however, compromise your walk with the Lord. Numerous believers, and even churches, can look back on moments when they miscalculated the cost of not fully trusting God. They compromised. Instead of living in excellence, they now simply exist.
If you’ve stepped onto the path of spiritual mediocrity…there’s hope. We serve a faithful God. Even though He may allow you to suffer the consequences of your disobedience, He also renews His mercy and compassion continually (Lamentations 3:22-23.) Don’t allow yesterday’s choices to dictate what you’ll do today. According to Colossians 3, we can choose to put aside the thoughts and actions that lead to disobedience and defeat. Daily putting on this new self, renews us in the image of Christ (Col. 3:5-10.)
There is so much more to the Christian life than just existing until Jesus returns. What words currently describe your life as a believer? Victory and excellence, or defeat and mediocrity? Determine to choose excellence over existence today. How? First of all, by grasping the value God places on obedience to His Word. Also, by focusing on His faithfulness, both today and in the past. And, by dying to your personal agenda and living in the power of the Holy Spirit. Now that’s uncompromising Christianity!