Following the study in our Church, I was struck by two phrases: one “followed Me fully’ and another “wholly followed the LORD.” Only two people fully followed God traveling through the wilderness from Egypt to Canaan. Not even Moses and Aaron went in to the land of milk and honey God promised. It was Caleb and Joshua who traveled the whole course!
Apply their experiences to your personal life, here and now. You and I can experience a direct relationship with God through Jesus Christ and follow Him wholly; “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (I Ti 2:5). When there is any person who tells us what to think, we are not stepping up to our privileged position of a direct relationship with God.
My hubby, Eric, has a mantra “The-man-in-the-middle”. He noticed it as he observed how the Israelites wanted Moses to go up to the mount to talk with God while they themselves kept a distance from Him. When leaders, pastors, teachers, husbands and fathers are put on pedestals (are made the man-in-the-middle), or demand to be on one, we must shake the temptation. We must not put a man in the middle between God and us.
I was reading Eric’s notes from the same study. I didn’t agree with two statements on the notes . . . the rest were right down my thinking. But is he right? Or am I?
It isn’t the point.
You and I think what we think. The vital pursuit for every wife, mother, daughter, husband, son and father is: “Am I wholly following the Lord”? What then, is my take on Scripture? On God? On “fully following”?
Who knows? As you ask yourself this question you may make a difference in your circle of friends, in your club, church, town, in your marriage as you wholly follow, as you step up.
“But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and has followed Me fully, him will I bring into the land . . . ;” and “Joshua the son of Num . . . wholly followed the LORD.” (Numbers 32:12)