Distractions are that which draws apart or separates . . .
So here is the final installment of this little mini-series on Life without Distractions.
There is no question, or let me say, there should be no question concerning the accuracy, credibility, and authenticity about the scriptures of Old and New Testaments. Many have, however, been able to argue for the very opposite.
I believe God intended life to be simple, not complex. The Creator also intended for us to just like Him, in fact, so much like Him, that when you see one of us humans, you see Him. He intended for us to one with Him in the same way that the Nazarene is one with Him.
The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.
– Psalms 25:14
We saw the Nephilim there. We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes,
and we looked the same to them.
– Numbers 13:33
Just before the Israelites were making their entrance into the land promised by God, He commanded Moses to send 12 spies to enter the land promised to them, and bring back a report of their findings. The result of their findings was based on how they saw themselves, with the exception of Joshua and Caleb who possessed internal natures very different from their relatives in the other ten tribes. The report of ten out of twelve men was evil and full of contempt for the promise of God’s provision.
The evil report from that came from the majority (83%) of the spies sent terror through the whole Israeli nation. The report was that the land indeed did flow with abundance just like the Lord had said, showing Moses the enormous fruit brought back from the expedition. However, the people are giants. The men were convinced the inhabitants saw them as they saw themselves – like grasshoppers.
So all night the people grumbled against Moses and Aaron for bringing them up to this threshold into the Promised Land, only to die there. They were deciding they needed a leader who could take them back to Egypt instead of dying here. Just as the people were getting ready to stone Moses and company, the glory of the Lord showed up, and here is what follows.
I’ll summarize. “I will forgive their sins as you (Moses) have asked. But, none of those who have shown contempt for me in spite of seeing all these miracles both in Egypt and here in this wilderness, will go into this land I promised to them. Only Joshua and Caleb will go into the land with all those under twenty years of age, after everyone else has perished.
“As surely as I live”, says God, “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”.
The event was so long ago. Did it really happen? Our minds are full of contempt toward the promises of God’s word. Somehow we, the church, first; and then the world; we all know better than God. What we pass off as a human condition and are convinced that God understands us; we simply settle at the table of forgiveness based only on the atoning work of Christ, but fail to enter the kingdom, because of the distractions du jour.
The distractions are innumerable; self-image, money, circumstances, family, friends, jobs, politics and church all make up an endless invasion on our lives. Just like the Nephilim, they are distractions that keep us from walking in the oracles of Christos, while settling for entry level spiritual blessings. The result has been devastating on our world, and church alike.
The prayer in John 17, the prayer Jesus offered for us is a cry for the same oneness He has with our Father.
This post is probably full of theological holes. You know, I’ve decided that’s ok. When I think of the passionate love of our Father for a wayward people, somehow having my theology in order as a substitute for a passionate response seems rather pointless.
-shalom, nothing missing, nothing broken