DEVOTIONS @ 205.825.9633
Senior Minister Ricky A. Woods
@ 8:15am & 7:15pm
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The idea to send out spies to perform reconnaissance in the Land of Promise comes from God to Moses. The plan calls for the selection of leaders from the twelve tribes, persons who have demonstrated responsibility and who the community would respect.
When the selection is made, no one selected pulled back from the dangerous assignment given and the length of time it would take to complete. These men accepted the responsibility to perform an important task but a task also filled with danger.
They should be admired for their courage and their willingness to complete an assignment that took them forty days. At the end of the forty days they came and gave their report of what they found. The spies admitted that God had not lied about the land he was leading the people to inherit. The land indeed flowed with milk and honey, the land was fruitful but the land also was occupied with persons who appeared like giants.
The spies--with the exception of Caleb and Joshua--gave an unfavorable report and caused the congregation to focus on their fears more than God’s promises. The spies were void of sacred memory that could recall what God had already done and allow that truth to serve as faith in what God could do in the present moment.
There are times when nothing is more powerful to help keep us moving forward than sacred memory.
When we are able to look back over our life experience and see what God has brought us through, it gives us the confidence to believe that God will do it again no matter what we face. Caleb spoke out against the report of the majority and called the people to arms by saying we are able to overcome them because he remembered what God had already done at the Red Sea.
Last week our nation participated in sacred memory as we remembered the attacks of 9/11. We remembered the best of our nation in the worst time as firefighters climbed the stairs of a building they knew they would not leave in order to save others. We remembered how a nation came together to support, comfort, aid and defend.
We have now been attacked by a virus that has become so political it has chipped away at the values that helped to make our nation a beacon of light. Now is the time for us to engage in sacred memory that remembers not just the actions of a nation but the actions of God. For we will be able to overcome this, too, if God be with us.
Go with God for He has promised to be with you always.