A Devotion: Revisionist History

Numbers 16:12-13, “Then Moses sent a summons to Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab; but they said, ‘We will not come up. Is it not enough that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey to have us die in the wilderness, but you would also lord it over us?'”

It is a remarkable thing when people revise history to make the old days, ‘good old days.’ Here we have members of Korah’s rebellion fiercely rebelling against Moses, and in their zeal to be “right,” they change their past. In their misguided zeal, they are now claiming that EGYPT of all places, the land in which they were enslaved to, was a soft memory of their land of milk and honey! Forget the promises of the future, forget the memories of God’s miracles in the desert, it was Egypt that was home, and this Moses took them away from it!

Unbelievable, right? Yet, how is this different than what we do today? How often do you remember the good old days which were not, or that perfect leader who was not, or disparage the current state of affairs? Or even worse, how often do you dread every change, every moment, every future plan because it is as you feared?

The truth is that you cannot afford to long for the past, because your corrupt mind has colored it rosy. No, instead, long for the future, a future in Christ. Christ is the future. He is the land flowing with milk and honey. He chooses His leaders, leads His people, guides His sheep to paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

Spend time praying for your own condition, that you seek the future in Him rather than recreating what never was. May He victoriously lead you in a way that glorifies Him!

Pastor Fran

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