October 30, 2015


Numbers 14:8-9 “If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. Only do not rebel against the Lord.”

Joshua and Caleb really got the idea. They knew that success was conditional, but they also knew on what it depended. Their focus, and our focus, needed to be on being in line with God’s will, and not on rebelling. You would think that after all the thousands of years of human existence we would have learned that better by now! However, every generation has to learn that for itself, and when the previous generation doesn’t do a good job of teaching, the situation gets worse. This episode is one of the more dramatic failures of the physical descendants of Abraham, but it also is a demonstration of God’s grace. He could have trashed them all, but instead He kept them in the wilderness until the unbelieving, rebellious generation died off, and then he led their children into the Promised Land. Our disbelief and rebellion certainly impact our personal reception and perception of God’s blessings, but they don’t stop God’s plans. It would seem only logical to want to line up with His plans so that we could receive the benefits!

Right now Cathy and I are in quite a training period in this area of trusting obedience. Will we submit to Him and allow His grace to flow over and through us, or will we rage against Him with cries of Unfair? There are some around us who have already used that word, but thankfully, we don’t feel that way. When someone asked Cathy, really asking God, why she was having such medical problems, she said, “Why not?” We are very aware that we live in a fallen world, and that we live with the repercussions of the countless sins of all mankind. However, we know from the Word and from experience that God is with us in the middle of it all, and He will bring us through anything He brings us to. That attitude is amazing to many, which gives us more opportunities to share the hope we have in Christ. Cathy will have surgery today to fuse three of her lumbar vertebra together, inserting bone chips to expand pinched disks, and then next Wednesday she will have screws inserted from the back to make sure the canal for her spinal cord is not collapsed or distorted. All of that together is certainly major surgery, but we feel led and protected. That doesn’t mean we have no trace of human anxiety, but it does mean we aren’t depending on the doctor and staff, and we aren’t depending on ourselves. God is more than able to use all of this for our blessing, for the blessing of others, and for His glory.

Father, thank You again for Your grace that is indeed more than enough for us. Help us open up to You more and more so that Your grace may flow through us unhindered, not only meeting our every need but also blessing all around us, drawing them to You for their salvation and Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

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About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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