Have you been overwhelmed by bad reports
Or dismayed by news of horrible aborts?
If so, you’re not alone. For the Israelites couldn’t enter
The promised land. That’s because many a venter
(i.e. “I need to vent!”),
As in “those who spied the land out”, just saw giants.
You know – gangs of fierce, un-wieldly “self-reliants”
Who, it seems, looked on them with disdain,
Prompting them to sing this sad refrain:
“We look like grasshoppers to such big guys,
To whom we can’t compare in might or size.
Though Caleb may command faith to arise,
We cannot climb above such mighty lies.”
(Our forms, you know, they truly do despise)
“Their bad reports are too much to endure,
Bombarding us with thoughts that are impure
And that hit us in the face like pizza pie.
However, when that pizza hits your eye,
You know it’s not AMORE but Amor-ITES,
The guys that have a knack for un-sound bites.
What’s more, they proudly fuss about wrong ‘rights,’
Just like Hittites, Jebusites and Canaanites.”
(And we’re not talking “knight in shining armor” knights)
And so, the men were overwhelmed by bad reports.
Dismayed by news of possible aborts,
Which tempted them severely to give up
Because they tasted of the bitter cup
That’s mixed with too much doubt to trust God’s Word,
Despite the mighty signs they’d seen and heard –
Such as manna rained upon them from above.
And yet they dared to question God’s great love.
Because they lacked the faith to enter in
To the land God had prepared for them,
He told them not to go. And yet they went.
Sadly, Moses couldn’t get them to relent.
Thus it ended in disaster: soldiers killed
Because they did not do as God had willed
But trusted in their own strength so unjust.
In fact, God knew they lacked the needed trust
To win the battle. Guilt had such a grip
Upon their hearts, it caused their feet to slip.
But it’s not wise on one’s own flesh to rely,
Regardless of the saying “Do or die.”
Yet God invites the weary soul to buy. . .
The food which we can eat and never die. . .
With songs of praise to overwhelm a bad report
So that no one in their right mind will fall short.
Therefore, thank God for His promises each day,
Because Jesus helps us listen and obey.
Due to the fact that He listened diligently,
He has the power to help us hear clearly
So that finally, we too can understand
The awesome things that God for us has planned.
(Based on the story in Numbers chapters 13 and 14)
Relevant scriptures: Isaiah 55:1-3, Deuteronomy 8:3, Matthew 4:4 (God’s Word: our food), Psalm 7:17, Psalm 8:2 (Psalm 32:7 (songs of deliverance),