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Monday, December 4th, '17

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BAD REPORT

"And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land..." (Numbers 13:32)

 

Paul lived the flipside of that verse. He encouraged, "whatsoever things are of good report...think on these things" (Philippians 4:8). According to the papers it's only good news when it's bad news. As they say, if it bleeds it leads. The weather report says, "Partly cloudy and a twenty percent chance of showers" when it could as easily report, "mostly sunny with an eighty percent chance of a perfect day". Reporting is a part of life. In business we have to wade through cost analyses, computer data and projections, weekly, monthly and annual reports. We have reports coming out our ears and they are often the key factors on determining the next move. You may have just received a bad report from the oncologist or cardiologist. Their diagnoses have merit, but the Lord asks, "Who hath believed our report?" (Isaiah 53:1) His report says, "...with his stripes we are healed". His report is everything He has proclaimed in His Word. "For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God..." (2 Corinthians 1:20)

 

Caleb closed his ears to the anchormen of his day. "But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against this people; for they are stronger than we. And they brought up an evil report of the land..." (Numbers 13:31,32) Caleb cried "well able"; they cried "not able". Their eyes were on x-rays instead of promises. While Caleb saw grapes they saw grasshoppers. Remember the grapes of Canaan were as big as coconuts. But they looked into the mirror instead of the Covenant, "...and we were in our sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight" (vs 33). If you want to inherit the Promise Land you've got to get the sight right!

 

So how do we deal with bad reports? First, choose your news. You don't have to accept every New York Times editorial as fact. The Bible is the only ultimate truth, as Paul wrote, "...yea, let God be true, but every man a liar" (Romans 3:4). Second, lose your blues. Happiness is more a choice than an environment. Two men looked through prison bars, one saw mud and one saw stars. Each wrote his own report; each conditioned his own frame of mind. Third, hold your views. The biblical mindset runs contrary to the secular mindset. The doctor's report may scream one word, terminal, but God's report says "I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord" (Psalm 118:17). Fourth, decide your own cues. Don't let external irritations dictate your day. The Spirit-filled life is the life where we take our cues from the Spirit. We are led by Him, not by the direction the wind is blowing on any given day. We are to act as thermostat, setting the climate, rather than thermometer, just reflecting the climate. Bad reports have to be countered by faith. Caleb flew in the face of his critics, "Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it" (Numbers 13:30). Bad reports need met with good retorts! I'll opt for the "eighty percent chance of sunshine" forecast instead. Such positives warm clear down to the marrow - "a good report makes the bones healthy" (Proverbs 15:30 NKJV) and I for one, prefer healthy.


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