What an important opportunity for God's people to know what the greatest desire of their heart was. Were they really just after the promised land, or did they value the Lord's Presence above all?
I love when God brings a message to me in a variety of vehicles. It's my evidence of His Love and confirmation that I'm not the quickest to catch on. This weekend we went to see the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie - not my usual source of spiritual wisdom, but in retrospect, there was a hidden gem. Throughout the series, Jack Sparrow has a compass which points toward the thing he wants most. So often we don't know what we want. We think we want to follow God, but our desire for His Promises, or our dreams get in the way.
Last night, at a ladies gathering at our church, the speaker ended with a question that relates the same concept: Have I been following the calling or the Savior?
God gifts us with a calling, with talents and gifts to achieve that calling. But the calling is never the end, it is simply the means to the end. The end all, be all is a relationship with Him.
Lord, if your presence will not go with me, I don't want to go.