Be Careful What You Say
We’ve studied similar truths in these lessons before. But it’s always worth repeating. God hears our complaints! When we wallow in unbelief and self-pity, we camp in our own type of Kadesh Barnea where unbelief and bitterness will bring us down. The story of the spies is a constant reminder about taking possession of God’s promises. Will we believe and therefore speak? We read in the New Testament that these things happened to Israel as examples and warnings for us today. Drawing near to God through His Word and prayer helps us know the Truth on which we can stand firm. It’s important to pursue an intimate relationship with the Lord to be able to overcome the difficulties of every day living. We are not always on the mountaintop, but we can choose to respond in faith to adverse circumstances. Remember, faith is believing what we might not see but know is true. This lesson is all about declaring with our mouths what we know and believe is true in our hearts…and that is developed through intimacy with the King of kings.
Read Numbers 14:27-29
1. What did God say about the grumbling Israelites? What had they been saying?
Read Matthew 12:37
2. What is the effect of our spoken words?
Read Proverbs 18:21
3. What is in the tongue?
Read 2 Corinthians 4:13
4. What should we do with our faith or beliefs?
Those verses in Numbers puts the fear of God in me every time I read them! God said He would do to them the very things He heard them say. Let’s ask ourselves, “What have I been saying?” If we remembered what happened to the unbelieving Israelites, we would be very careful of what comes out of our mouths. Caleb and Joshua declared that the Lord would give them the Promised Land, and God fulfilled His pledge. In contrast, He also said that those who spoke unbelief and questioned His goodness would not only fall in the desert themselves but their children would also suffer for the parents’ lack of faith. What a sobering thought! What I speak can affect my children’s future. What I speak will either condemn or acquit. What a challenge to us all! Stop and think about your words today. As you pursue more of an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, His Word will become your very own. Intimacy is a key to Kingdom living. Declare your faith in Jesus Christ over every situation you encounter. It could change your world!