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Oh, what choices we sometimes make! I’m sure you know what I mean: the perfect car, the new job and neither one living up to the expectations you had for them.  We usually have clear 20/20 vision after the fact with choices like these because our mistake is often quickly evident.

But what about things that don’t reveal themselves so fast.  Perhaps a four-year course of study that ends up fruitless in the job market.  Maybe it’s that person you dated for years who you hoped would change but never did; or worse yet you made a commitment to and they did morph into a person you couldn’t stand.  Painful things indeed.

I got to thinking about these things as I re-read of God’s mighty freeing of the Hebrews from Egypt.  After 400 years of hard bondage, God called Moses to lead the people out and into the Promised Land.  Those who know much more than I do about these things estimate that the total number of men, women and children God freed was close to 1 million.

That number is what has struck me this time.  I have no idea how long a procession of 1 million people is; but it has to stretch for miles.  As flabbergasting as this figure is to me, it only strengthens my belief in God’s miracle-working power.  As Scripture proclaims: Nothing is too hard for God!

If you are familiar with the Exodus account, you know that this great horde of folks wandered for nearly 40 years in the desert before entrance to the promised Land happened.  Hence the title of this offering: Two in a Million, because only 2 of that original 1 million would ever step foot into the ‘land flowing with milk and honey.’ But it didn’t have to be! Less than two years into their journey, the new nation was at the doorstep of their destination.

The Bible tells that Moses commanded 12 spies to go into the land they were to take possession of.  Their mission was to scope out fortifications, numbers of troops and what the land produced for food.  Two of those assigned were named Joshua and Caleb.  These fellows were to be the 2 in a Million.

Here’s why: When the 12 spies finished their assignment they came back to report what they had seen.  The land was indeed rich and wonderful.  However, 10 of them reported that the defenses in place and the monstrous size of the inhabitants would make it impossible to conquer.  Joshua and Caleb agreed that the challenge ahead was great, but that God was greater! These two trusted God to be faithful to his promise and advised Moses and the people that they should march in believing in God’s power to do what He had said He would.

Unfortunately, the opinion of the other 10 spies was what the people heeded.  They were fearful because of the report given.  They chose to believe the opposition was too great and that they would surely die if they tried to overtake them.

Talk about your bad decisions! God then said that because of the people’s lack of faith none of them, except Joshua and Caleb, would ever set foot in the land He promised. It took about 38 years to come to fruition because that’s how long it took for that entire group to die off.

The decision to not trust God not only cost the 999,998 (approximately) the opportunity to enter that rich land, they had to wander about in the elements all that time, basically waiting to die.

I share these thoughts without any judgment on those poor souls.  To be honest, if I was with them then, I most likely would have gone along with the vast majority; too insecure and scared to take the leap of faith.

The lesson I’m learning these days is to put my professed faith in the Lord in the forefront of my heart and mind.  As I do this, it allows me to more fully grasp the depth of God’s love and faithfulness.  As I read and ponder the Scriptures, the more clearly the Almighty’s direction becomes.  I simply need to seek Him first and always and then follow His prompting.

Joshua and Caleb are heroes I look up to.  Might they be an encouragement to all of us to more fully trust God.  I still don’t know if I would be that one or two in a million; but what I do know is this: there is no numerical amount to quantify or qualify our God.  He is everything He says He is.  He has proved it, is proving it and always will!

Thanks for taking the time to read this.  May it be a blessing to you.

Pastor Chuck

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