Focus on God

Read Numbers 14:1 through 15:41; Mark 2:1–22

The Israelites experienced God’s power and presence more deeply than any other ancient people. They witnessed incredible miracles firsthand when they were freed from slavery in Egypt. They had daily evidence of His presence over the tabernacle as they moved toward the Promised Land. When their complaints and expressions of anger escalated, God talked to Moses.

“How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the signs I have performed among them?” (Numbers 14:11).

Before jumping to judge the Israelites, people may need to examine themselves. Today, God’s people have a more complete picture of God’s presence through the work of Jesus and the Holy Spirit recorded in the New Testament. However, Christians too may have periods of doubt and rebellion.

Those who focus on God and His wonderful gifts to them cannot become negative and rebellious. They will stop wandering in their self-made deserts, and will enjoy God’s ongoing presence.

Prayer for Today:

Holy Spirit, give me courage to trust and focus on You.

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