Look at us. Doubting. Unsure. Lukewarm. Embarrassed. What if it didn't have to be this way?
It doesn't matter how good we are. If we sin, we'll be punished. We have to resist sin. But we can't do it alone.
In life, we are always fighting or dreading something. If you want victory, then Deuteronomy 20 is for you.
Maybe you experienced a spiritual high or you're fresh off of a new decision, a new commitment. But you're realizing that you have to drive out the nations occupying your land.
The Israelites sinned. They served other gods. They went off the deep end.
But then again, we do the exact same things.
I know this, because I did that this week. And the week before that.
Doubt is confusing and squirmy and invasive. It whispers to us over and over again in the worst moments. This chapter demonstrates just one of the ways to shut Doubt up.
Jealousy and I go way back. But what if you didn't have to be? Jealous, I mean? Of anyone?
Which one are you?
God's anger is burning. Not because He hates us, but because He hates sin. Not because He can't stand to look at us, but because He can't stand to see us suffer.
How can we be so casual?
The monologue Balaam goes on in Numbers 24 is sweeping, poetic, fantastic - practically mythological. Hey, they do always say that the Bible is a book of fairy tales!