You Will Have What You Say

Posted: October 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

There is a story recorded in the Bible that I can not seem to get off my mind lately. It is a familiar story, yet as I was rereading it not long ago, I noticed something that had never caught my attention before and it got me thinking.

The Israelites have been led by Moses out of slavery in Egypt. They were headed to a new land, a land God had promised was going to be theirs. Along the way, there had been no shortage of miracles to confirm God was in this. There had been the ten plagues that had released them from Egypt.  When they left Egypt and the Egyptian army chased after them, they came to the Red Sea with nowhere to go-God parted the sea and they crossed on dry land and then the waters closed back in drowning the Egyptian army behind them.  When they were hungry, God fed them-manna and quail. When they were thirsty, God brought water from a rock. God guided them with His own GPS, a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. So clearly the Israelites had both a promise from God to give them the land and miracle after miracle to confirm He was in this!

Now, the Israelites found themselves on the edge of the land God promised to give them. They sent twelve spies in to check out the land. They all saw the same things-an unbelievably lush and prosperous land.  But they also saw the land was occupied by these huge giants.  Compared to these guys they felt like grasshoppers just waiting to be stepped on. Yet, even though all twelve spies had the exact same report on their lips, the spies came to very different conclusions. Ten said, “The land is amazing but there are giants in the land who will crush us.  We can’t take the land.”  The other two also said, “The land is amazing and we will surely take the land because God has promised this to us.”

Now here is the part of the story that caught my attention. The people began to grumble and complain saying in effect, “We would be better off to die here in the wilderness than to die at the sword trying to take the land.”  God was very angry and said this in  Numbers 14:28 So tell them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Lord, I will do to you the very thing I heard you SAY.  You say you would be better off to die in the wilderness?   I will do to you what I heard you say.  

As I have been processing this, I believe there are huge implications for us.  Israel had a promise from God.  We know it was God’s will to give them the land.  Did God keep His word?  Eventually-with the next generation.  But these people missed God’s best, God’s promise, God’s blessing and died in the wilderness because of what they said.

We have many promises from God in His word.  Promises for salvation, healing, deliverance, financial provision and much more.  We need to declare His word and stand on His word.  For instance, you read the Bible and see God says, “I am the Lord your God who heals all of your diseases.  By His stripes I am healed.”  And you declare that word over your life and you say, “God, I declare you are my healer.  I am trusting you for healing.  Thank you for healing me.”  But then you go to the doctor and the report is not good.  What do you do?  Do you start to grumble and repeat what hear and see?  Or do you by faith, continue to declare the promises of God?  Or you read in God’s word, I will provide all of your needs.  I am Jehovah Jireh-God who provides.  And you declare, “God I trust you!  You are my provider. Thank you in advance for meeting all of my needs.”  Then you receive an unexpected bill and find yourself overwhelmed to make ends meet.  Do you declare the word of God or start grumbling about how big the giants are?

The amazing thing is that we, like the Israelites just might be missing out on God’s best, God’s promises, God’s blessing because God says to us, I will do to you the very thing I heard you say.  The Bible tells us the righteous walk by faith and not sight.  Do you trust and declare the promises of God no matter what you see?  Or do you get overwhelmed by the giants and start to grumble and demonstrate a lack of faith?

Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”  Be careful what you say!  It demonstrates what you really believe in your heart and you just may miss out on God’s best for your life because like the Israelites, you will have what you say.

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