Where the ten scouts saw only Anakites and a bloody repayment for their obedience, Joshua and Caleb saw the power of God.
You’re confronted with a choice.
The wrong choice is obvious, but it looks better in the short term; you can see the reward.
The right choice is also obvious, but you don’t see any gain to it. All you can see down that road is losing out for the sake of being good. Being honest on your timecard when nobody would know either way; breaking up with that person who’s apathetic towards God; clamping down on that beer habit when it feels like the only thing keeping you going.
I’ve written along these lines before, but…how the church would change if we remembered that God promises rewards for obedience?
I should say this right away: the greatest reward of obedience is God himself. Tim Keller recently said it well: “Don’t obey God to get stuff. Obey God to get God.” More of his peace, his power, his unfettered presence…
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