Numbers 32:11-12 – Because they have not followed me wholeheartedly, not one of the men twenty years old or more who came up out of Egypt will see the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob — not one except Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite and Joshua son of Nun, for they followed the Lord wholeheartedly. (NIV)
Last night the youth of our church led us all in the worship portion of our service, and they led us in the song, "Everyday". At one point in the song was the phrase, "Everyday, I'll follow after You". As I sang these words over and over again, I could not help but feel convicted by what I was singing.
I flipped to my concordance, and looked up the word "follow". It gave the alternative meanings of "pursue" and "imitate". Every day we are to pursue and imitate God. As I looked at my own life, I realized that there are many days when God is not truly my pursuit. While I may not be running away from Him, or going the opposite direction from Him, I am pursuing or following after other things. And then I began to justify to myself those other pursuits, thinking that I was no different than anyone else who was singing that song last night. And therein was (or is) the problem.
As I began to look to the scriptures for more insight, I came across today's verses in Numbers. Here were God's chosen people who had followed His chosen leader through the desert and wilderness, and now God tells them that they will not see the land they were promised. And why? Not because they had not followed Him, but because they had not followed Him wholeheartedly. But two individuals did stand out, and were different than everyone else. Caleb and Joshua had followed Him wholeheartedly and every day, and for that they received the blessing of entering the Promised Land.
Only by daily and wholeheartedly following after Him can we also receive the promises and blessings He has set aside for us.
Prayer: Lord, we ask that You would increase our faith and strengthen our resolve, that we might daily follow after, pursue, and imitate You. Help us to set aside other pursuits, and trust that Your provision will be sufficient for all our needs. Amen.