Daily Devotional with Pastor Jon

October 3

And Moses said, Wherefore now do ye transgress the commandment of the LORD? but it shall not prosper. Go not up, for the LORD is not among you; that ye be not smitten before your enemies. For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and ye shall fall by the sword: because ye are turned away from the LORD, therefore the LORD will not be with you. But they presumed to go up unto the hill top: nevertheless the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and Moses, departed not out of the camp. Then the Amalekites came down, and the Canaanites which dwelt in that hill, and smote them, and discomfited them, even unto Hormah.

Numbers 14:41–45

When God said, “Go,” His people refused. Yet now they’re saying, “We’ve learned our lesson. We’re going to do it now.” But God had already spoken. He had already told them they would wander forty years in the wilderness until the entire generation died.

There can be a presumption that looks like faith but in reality is folly. What’s the difference between faith and presumption? Simply this: God’s Word. Are you launching out because you’re trying to prove your spiritual prowess, or because of some fantastic fantasy, or do you have God’s Word on the matter? Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17). Therefore, it is the promise of God found in the Word of God upon which we are to stand.

This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Pillar by Day" by Pastor Jon. "A Pillar by Day" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the Old Testament books of Genesis through Deuteronomy. If you would like your own copy of "A Pillar by Day" you can order one from the SearchLight Store.