05/19/T – Our Helper and Sustainer

Numbers 14:26-15:16; Mark 14:66-72; Psalms 54:1-4; Proverbs 15:20-21

OT: “Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron: “How long must I endure this evil community that keeps complaining about me? I have heard the Israelites’ complaints that they make against me. Tell them: As I live — this is the Lord’s declaration — I will do to you exactly as I heard you say. Your corpses will fall in this wilderness — all of you who were registered in the census, the entire number of you twenty years old or more — because you have complained about me. I swear that none of you will enter the land I promised to settle you in, except Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun. I will bring your children whom you said would become plunder into the land you rejected, and they will enjoy it…” When Moses reported these words to all the Israelites, the people were overcome with grief. They got up early the next morning and went up the ridge of the hill country, saying, “Let’s go to the place the Lord promised, for we were wrong.” But Moses responded, “Why are you going against the Lord’s command? It won’t succeed. Don’t go, because the Lord is not among you and you will be defeated by your enemies. The Amalekites and Canaanites are right in front of you, and you will fall by the sword. The Lord won’t be with you, since you have turned from following him.” But they dared to go up the ridge of the hill country, even though the ark of the Lord’s covenant and Moses did not leave the camp. Then the Amalekites and Canaanites who lived in that part of the hill country came down, attacked them, and routed them as far as Hormah.” (‭‭Numbers‬ ‭14:26-31, 39-45‬ ‭CSB‬‬)

The continued lack of faith and obedience of the Israelites prevented them from entering into the promise of God. God was willing and able to fulfill His promises. The people, however, were not willing to trust His word and were subsequently unable to obey His will. The entire generation (ages 21 and older) would spend the rest of their lives wandering in the wilderness, while their children (along with Joshua and Caleb) would receive the promise. Upon hearing their sentence, the people rallied against God once again and tried to enter the land in their own strength. Two wrongs do not make right. The only way they would ever be able to take the land was with God’s help, so in their own strength, they were embarrassingly defeated. When God says, “Yes,” we must go forward in faith fully trusting Him. When God says, “No,” we must obey and not go it on our own. Whether His word is Yes or No, as long as we remain with Him, He will help us and sustain us. Otherwise, we are headed for an embarrassing defeat.

Psalms: “God, save me by your name, and vindicate me by your might! God, hear my prayer; listen to the words from my mouth. For strangers rise up against me, and violent men intend to kill me. They do not let God guide them. Selah God is my helper; the Lord is the sustainer of my life.” (‭‭Psalms‬ ‭54:1-4‬ ‭CSB‬‬)

Twice, the Ziphites betrayed David to Saul, and both times, David’s life was put in danger. The Ziphites were not pagans. They were fellow Israelites of the tribe of Judah. They were David’s “people.” Strangers here refers to familiar people who had turned their back on you, and became like strangers. David did not place his trust in people… he did not place his trust in fellow tribesman. He placed His trust in The Lord God. His helper and the sustainer of his life was God. When he was betrayed, He turned to the Faithful One and cried out for help. God never betrays us and is always willing and able to help and sustain those who are faithful to Him.

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