R. Andrew Douglas

A place for me to write.

Trusting someone who is good

I was feeling a bit down in the gills about something that felt important at the time.

Thank goodness God had spoken to me earlier that morning.

One of the prettiest parts of spring in Ontario, the trillium. They're everywhere on the Ranch property.

I’ve been reading about Moses and ended up in Numbers 14. The Israelites had rebelled against God… again. They chose to weep and grumble when they heard about the giants in the Promised Land from the spies that Moses had sent out. God was angry. “How long will they refuse to believe in me… they have disobeyed me and tested me ten times,” He said.

I wonder if things could have been different. What if, when the people saw the figs and pomegranates and grapes brought back by Joshua and Caleb and the other spies, they had danced for joy instead of “weeping” and “grumbling.”

God saw Caleb’s faith. “The Lord is with us,” Caleb said, even though circumstances might have felt otherwise. God told Moses that because Caleb had a “different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly” he’d see the Promised Land.

I thought about that for a while: Caleb had a different spirit – opposite from the Israelites who disobeyed and tested. The opposite of what the Israelites did is obeying and trusting. And you only willingly obey someone you trust. And you only trust someone you know has your best interest at heart – someone who loves you.

I know God is good. I know I can trust Him. It makes me want to obey Him. Throughout scripture he calls me to joy and tells me not to worry. Those are commands I’m going to choose to obey today, especially.

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