And the Lord said, I have pardoned according to thy word: But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord. Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice; Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it: But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.
The people in the wilderness saw many miracles and works of God. They had received blessings and been taken out of captivity, but even with that they were not able to be content with what they had and wait for the promises of God. Yes, God showed mercy on their lives but that mercy was not the blessings they could have had.
Today I'm convinced that I'd rather live in the boat of contentment that will get me to the promises of God than in the life boat of mercy. I want more than mercy and grace I want to live knowing that its there if I need it but not ride in it. I mean come on yes the life boat keeps you a float but the boat is much more promising to get to your destination.
I believe God was speaking just that to the people in the wilderness. Yes, he gave mercy but that mercy was not the promise. I want my promise and refuse to be satisfied in the life boat of mercy. I want to ride in the boat where the waves come and feel like they are overflowing but in the bottom of that boat there sleeps Jesus.
I want to always know that the life boat is there but refuse to live as the cast away in the life boat. Soon I would like to know that I trusted in the anchor and the keeper of the storm. Jesus is really smart He knows what we need. :)