Telling me how he told some friends when asked about the health issues he has gone through, Mr. M came to the part where he told them of having a CT scan for prostate cancer to make sure it had not spread to any other part of his body. Which it hadn’t.
At that point, he said, “And that’s a good report!” Amen and amen!
Not all are so fortunate. Some receive just the opposite report.
We all receive good reports that can come from anywhere, and we also receive bad reports that can come from anywhere. And both can be from the same sources: from the news, from the doctor, from our job, from our children. Or anywhere else.
According to the definition of report in the above verse, it also means announcement, news, tidings, etc. Nourishes also means to fatten, to anoint, to satisfy, to become prosperous, and the bodily effect of good news. And bones also means body.
I guess the Wilderness Gang (Israel) didn’t know the fattening effects of good news, for chapters 13 and 14 of Numbers give us the account of twelve men sent out on reconnaissance.
As a representative from each tribe was selected to spy out the land of promise, each one came back to report to Moses, “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. Nevertheless…” (Num. 13:27-28 NKJV)
In a negative report, there’s always that nevertheless, isn’t there?
They all reported the land to be truly rich and abundant. However, ten got sick with Ite-itis, bemoaning all the Ites in the land, the Amalekites, the Hittites, the Jebusites, the Amorites, and the Canaanites.
The negative portrayal of the land spread throughout the whole camp until they boo-hooed in their tents all night. They complained against Moses and Aaron and murmured against God. They forgot how big their God was and denied His power to help them conquer the unfriendlies. Reminds me of 2 Timothy 3:5a, “They retain the outer form of religion but deny its power.” (CJB)
While the ten malcontents saw giants, the faithful two, Joshua and Caleb, saw Someone bigger: they saw God!
However, because of the negative infection of ten reporters, the whole nation of Israel was set on the back burner for forty years. God’s best plan of action was halted by the fear of just ten men and lack of faith in God…that spread to the others. And they missed out on God’s land of promise.
Do we believe a good report? Or a bad report? Do we spread a good report? Or a bad report?
What kind of reporter are we? A reporter is a newscaster, one who informs. The disciples reported the news, the Good News. Do we share the Good News of the Gospel, reporting God’s promises as positive disciples, or do we circulate a bad report by our negativity?
Do we, as Christians, rely on the good report (God’s Word, His promises), or the bad report, that which gets whispered in our ears by the enemy?
May the Good News of the Gospel nourish and fatten you up! That you may nourish and fatten up others with the Good News! Spread a Good Report!