God sets His will for you
The ten men Moses had sent to explore the land—the ones who incited rebellion against the Lord with their bad report— were struck dead with a plague before the Lord. Of the twelve who had explored the land, only Joshua and Caleb remained alive. When Moses reported the Lord’s words to all the Israelites, the people were filled with grief. Then they got up early the next morning and went to the top of the range of hills. “Let’s go,” they said. “We realize that we have sinned, but now we are ready to enter the land the Lord has promised us.” But Moses said, “Why are you now disobeying the Lord’s orders to return to the wilderness? It won’t work. Do not go up into the land now. You will only be crushed by your enemies because the Lord is not with you. When you face the Amalekites and Canaanites in battle, you will be slaughtered. The Lord will abandon you because you have abandoned the Lord. Numbers 14:36-41 Can actions of others frustrate God’s will for your life? The decisions and disobedience of others will not cancel God’s will for you. Other people’s actions will affect you, but no one can prevent what God wants to do in and through you. The text today showed that Joshua and Caleb trusted God and yet were forced to wander in a wilderness for forty years because of the fear and disbelief of others. Have you ever felt that someone was thwarting God’s will for you? Do you believe that mere man can stop God from accomplishing His purposes in your life? God did everything He intended to do in the lives of Joshua and Caleb. His primary assignment for them was not just to enter the Promised Land but also to serve as godly examples for their people. It was Joshua and Caleb who told the Israelites that they can trust God that He will be with them if they will enter the Promised Land (vv. 7-8). Yet the people did not listen to them and disobeyed God. Joshua and Caleb would not be able to show what trusting in God looks like if they were in the Promised Land by themselves while the people were still wandering in the wilderness! God kept them in a position where they could exert a godly influence upon their nation, and, as a result, they became models of spirituality for generations to come. Furthermore, God ultimately brought Joshua and Caleb into the Promised Land just as He had said. They had been delayed but not thwarted. Be assured of this: No one can hinder God from carrying out His plans for your life. Once God sets something in motion, no one can stop it. “I have said what I would do, and I will do it. (Isa. 46:11).