Read: Numbers 14: 1-45
In this wilderness your bodies will fall—every one of you twenty years old or more who was counted in the census and who has grumbled against me. Not one of you will enter the land I swore with uplifted hand to make your home, except Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun. As for your children that you said would be taken as plunder, I will bring them in to enjoy the land you have rejected. Numbers 14:29-31
So we find ourselves with Moses and the complaining Israelites again. This time they are doubting the reports of Caleb and Joshua. Believing their children will perish. Doubting their God. They want to choose a new leader and go back to Egypt. WHAT?!?!
This is not pleasing to God. 11 The LORD said 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? 12 I will strike them down with a plague and destroy them, but I will make you into a nation greater and stronger than they.”
Moses again pleads for his people. God has mercy again. But this time there is quite a consequence. God is out of patience with this bunch – can you blame him? Are we any different than the complaining Israelites at times – come on, be honest? So God says essentially, “I’ve had it with you complainers, but the next generation, that’s a different story. The next generation will enjoy the land of milk and honey.”
How does God feel about our next generation? I believe He loves them more than we do. He is frustrated with the Israelites, but He has hope still. His hope is in the youth. My friend (well kinda :)), Perry Noble, says “Grace compels us, as a church to invest in the next generation.” What are you doing to invest in the next generation? Find a young adult to mentor; serve in Children’s Ministry and build a relationship with our kiddos; lead a group of teenagers in our Student Ministry – you will change a life by investing your time. They are worth it. Would you like to hear more about investing in the next generation? Hear more from Perry Noble by clicking here.
The hope of our nation is in the next generation.
Thank You Lord for reminding us that our children will not perish. Thank you for trusting us with the next generation. Thank You for Your promise that they will “enjoy the land we have rejected”. Now Lord please teach us how to empower and lead them with love. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.