If we do the duty of the day, we shall find, to our comfort, it is the Lord that makes us holy, that is, truly happy, here; and prepares us to be happy, that is, perfectly holy, hereafter.
God sometimes makes sin to be its own punishment, yet he is not the Author of sin: there needs no more to make men miserable, than to give them up to their own evil desires and passions.
But disbelief of the promise forbids the benefit. Those who despise the pleasant land shall be shut out of it.
The promise of God should be fulfilled to their children. They wished to die in the wilderness; God made their sin their ruin, took them at their word, and their carcasses fell in the wilderness.
They were made to groan under the burden of their own sin, which was too heavy for them to bear. Ye shall know my breach of promise, both the causes of it, that it is procured by your sin, for God never leaves any till they first leave him; and the consequences of it, that will produce your ruin.
But your little ones, now under twenty years old, which ye, in your unbelief, said should be a prey, them will I bring in.
God will let them know that he can put a difference between the guilty and the innocent, and cut them off without touching their children. Thus God would not utterly take away his loving kindness.
Those greatly provoke God, who misrepresent religion, raise dislike in men’s minds toward it, or give opportunity to those to do so, who seek occasion. The importance of having a strong demonstration becomes very apparent thus we cause any to turn from the the truth or light. Because of a hypocritical walk demonstrated through a luxurious sin operating in our lives, which has been exposed and we continued in it.
Justly are murmurers made mourners. If they had mourned for the sin, when they were faithfully reproved, the sentence had been prevented; but as they mourned for the judgment only, it did them no service. There is in hell such mourning as this; but tears will not quench the flames, nor cool the tongue.
Thus is the carnal mind enmity against God. They had distrusted God’s strength; they now presume upon their own without his.
And the expedition fails accordingly; now the sentence began to be executed, that their carcasses should fall in the wilderness. That affair can never end well, which begins with sin.
The way to obtain peace with our friends, and success against our enemies, is, to have God, as our Friend, and to keep in his love.
Let us take warning from the fate of Israel, lest we perish after the same example of unbelief. Let us go forth, depending on God’s mercy, power, promise, and truth; he will be with us, and bring our souls to everlasting rest.
If men would but be as earnest for heaven while their day of grace lasts, as they will be when it is over, how well would it be for them!
That which has been duty in its season, when mistimed, may be turned into sin. Those who are out of the way of their duty, are not under God’s protection, and go at their peril.
God bade them go, and they would not; he forbade them, and they would go. Thus is the carnal mind enmity against God.
The same spirit with which Christians set out in the ways of God, they should maintain unto the end. Perseverance in faith is the best evidence of the sincerity of our faith.
Hearing the word often is a means of salvation, yet, if not hearkened to, it will expose more to the Divine wrath. The happiness of being partakers of Christ and his complete salvation, and the fear of God’s wrath and eternal misery, should stir us up to persevere in the life of obedient faith.
Let us beware of trusting to outward privileges or professions, and pray to be numbered with the true believers who enter heaven, when all others fail because of unbelief. As our obedience follows according to the power of our faith, so our sins and want of care are according to the prevailing of unbelief in us. If souls perish through his neglect of duty, he brings guilt upon himself.
Isn’t our Lord a fantastic leader who brings us all we need to recognize who and what we are about to be confronted with and how to deal with it effectively. As I ponder how Yeshua took the time from the multitudes to deal with just one person I begin to recognize the significance of grace.
We have been shown how our enemy has and is stealing Grace from the worldly churches. I am closing with Matthew Henry’s (1662- 1774) comments “Those that make a trade of Christianity to serve their turn for this world will be disappointed; but those who mind it as their calling will find it has the promise of the life that now is, as well as of that which is to come. He that is godly is sure to be happy in another world; and if contented with his condition in this world, he has enough; and all truly godly people are content.“