But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe.
When God delivered the Israelites from Egypt, it was not a partial deliverance; He did not do any particular selection. All were rescued and hence every one of them was entitled to enter the Promised Land. However, what happened in the course of the years after they left Egypt? Most of them grumbled and complained and they disbelieved God’s promises. That led to their downfall and they were utterly destroyed. Only 2 entered Canaan- Joshua and Caleb.
This situation can be compared to ours too. As Christians, we take pride in the fact that we have been saved from destruction – deliverance from Egypt can be compared to our deliverance from our sins. But what happened in the course of the years? Is your faith still intact? Or do you grumble and complain at the slightest hint of a problem that comes in your life? Haven’t you seen the Lord’s wonders in the past? Doubting Him is a sin; Disbelieving in His capabilities to perform is a sin. It is like we are questioning His supremacy. If you need to run the Christian journey faithfully, we need to be among those who are chosen to enter eternity with the Lord Jesus. We need to be like Joshua and Caleb, who remained faithful and hence were able to enter the land God had intended for them. Praise God.
1 Corinthians 10:1-5
Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.
It says here that all the Israelites were subjected to the same spiritual experiences. They all passed through the Red Sea, they all ate and drank from the same spiritual source. There were no differences. They all saw and experienced God’s miracles and ways. Yet, how many of them actually entered the Promised Land? Only 2 – Joshua and Caleb. As Christians, we all go to Church on Sundays, all of us in the congregation sing together , clap together, hear the same sermons, praise the same God. But how is your walk with God? Are you able to truly experience God in your day to day life? Christian experience and living is not restricted to the 4 walls of the Church room. Let us be able to examine our ways, our thoughts, our actions and deeds. Are we indeed able to lead true Christian lives. Or are we , like the Israelites, always grumbling and complaining about things that have not worked out the way you planned? If any of you are going through such an experience, we need to make some rectifications in our lives , if we need to reach the Promised Land which God has prepared for us. For many are called, but few are chosen. (Mathew 22:14)
Today let us think , which side are you on ? Are you part of only the “Called” group or are you “Chosen” to reach the goal? Leading a victorious Christian life may not be easy but with the guidance of the Holy spirit in our lives, we can be sure we are on the right path. Amen!