The AMI QT Devotionals from September 9-15 are provided by Pastor David Yoon. David, a graduate of California Baptist University and Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.), is serving at Tapestry LA Church as the college pastor.
Devotional Thought for the Day
(This week we will take a break from our study of Jeremiah.)
But Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.” 31 Then the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are.” 32 So they brought to the people of Israel a bad report of the land that they had spied out, saying, “The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people that we saw in it are of great height. 33 And there we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak, who come from the Nephilim), and we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.”
Do you remember a time when we had to use a physical road map to find our way from one place to another? We would carry multiple foldout maps in our car’s glove compartment and could never fold it back the way it was when we purchased it. Today, with the advancement of technology, we use a navigation app on our smartphone or car’s GPS. When we miss or take a wrong turn the GPS notifies the driver, “recalculating” with an updated estimated time of arrival.
In today’s passage, Israel is on a road trip to the Promised Land—millions are traveling together. And throughout the trip we read that Israel is full of complaints, where at times, they desire to return to the life of slavery in Egypt and even built and worshipped idols, after promising God they would follow Him. Even Miriam and Aaron, Moses’ brother and sister, began to complain about Moses’ leadership. But whenever Israel made a wrong turn, God would simply say, “recalculating.” Finally, the nation of Israel reaches its destination and sends a man from each tribe to spy out the land of Canaan. They report, “We came to the land to which you sent us. It flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. However, the people who dwell in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large” (Num 13:27-28). After hearing the report, the Israelites doubt God, and He in turn allows them to go their own way—the wrong way.
In our walk of faith, how many times do we take the wrong turn because of fear and doubt? God demonstrated to the people of Israel His goodness and faithfulness many times throughout the years, yet they were quick to forget His mercy and love. In Exodus, Moses proclaimed to Israel, “The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” Are you facing battles in your life today? Let us hold fast to His Word and pray a prayer of faith as James writes, “God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”
Prayer: Father God, I praise You for Your abundant mercy and grace. I thank You for Your faithfulness, even though I am not as faithful to You. Will You heal my heart and help me to live each day in faith trusting in Your promises? Help me to overcome the fears and anxieties of life as I surrender my day to You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: Job 23
Lunch Break Study
Read Romans 8:31-39: What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Questions to Consider
- If God is for us, who can be against us?
- What does Paul mean when he asks: “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?”
- Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
- Salvation turns on the will of God, not the will of man; opposition to God from mankind will not affect the will of God.
- Paul is stating that it is illogical for God to give His most treasured “possession” – His only Son – for the salvation of sinners, and then not give everything else to bring salvation to completion.
- The world is cursed and is under the control of the evil one. There will be times when it can appear that we have been separated from the love of God. Paul wants to dispel this notion and remind believers that nothing can separate us from God’s love.
The greatest evidence of faith is in how you love: 1 John 4:7-8, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” Did you reflect God’s love to those around you today? Spend time examining your day, and ask God to help you to love others as He loves you.