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26/07/2023 All day

I can do all this through him who gives me strength”    (Philippians 4:13).

When the Israelites finally reached the Promised Land it was rather an anti-climax. A  journey that had started in the midst of great miracles that had humbled Pharaoh with the devastating parting of the Red Sea and drowning of the chasing soldiers all ended with only two reaching ( Exodus 14:21).

For Moses, lack of enough belief had run him into problems. “But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.” (Numbers 1:12).

Earlier, when Moses sent out 12 spies and all but two dared believe they would take on the land of giants, the Lord was angry for this lack of belief.   “Nevertheless, as surely as I live and as surely as the glory of the Lord fills the whole earth,  not one of those who saw my glory and the signs I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness but who disobeyed me and tested me ten times— not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their ancestors. No one who has treated me with contempt will ever see it. But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it ( Numbers 14: 21-24).

Here is the point. Belief that our God is able to do more than we can imagine is something central to our Christian faith. This belief is not a blind belief. In the above cases Moses and the Israelites had seen God perform innumerable miracles in their lives and yet still doubted. Likewise, yoylu and I have also seen God perform innumerable miracles in our lives, if we check, carefully. Yet we dare doubt God!

Moses missed stepping into the promised land because he doubted. His was one case. May we too not be denied of ultimate victory simply because we allowed disbelief to have the better part of us. Let’s believe that the God who has got us wherever we are is one who never fails.

Prayer today: Lord father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, as I look back and see all the miracles you have wrought in my life I know nothing is impossible with you because of the belief I have in you, this I pray in Jesus’s name!

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