The Faith of Twelve Jewish Spies


By: Susan Bea Good

“Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie! You have multiplied, O Lord my God, Your wondrous deeds and Your thoughts toward us; none can compare with You! I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told.” (Psalm 40:4-5/ESV)

The people of Israel were faced with a seemingly insurmountable challenge. God’s man sent twelve into Canaan to spy out that challenge and bring back a report.

Many generations earlier God had given that land to Abraham, and through a series of sovereign actions (Joseph’s kidnaping and a subsequent famine in Canaan) the Jews found themselves enslaved in Egypt for centuries.

Then Moses was raised up as Israel’s deliverer. He led God’s chosen people to freedom and the borders of their ancestral land. Numbers 13-14 records the sending of twelve trustworthy men into danger: their task- to scope out the circumstances of the challenge.

These twelve were considered excellent men. They were elected to lead, and expected to bring back a faithful report. With the espionage complete the majority report declared that circumstances were of such a threatening nature the people should not go forward with faith in God, but instead construct a more feasible man-centered plan to enter the land another way- saying, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are.”

Only two of the spies, Joshua and Caleb, remained faithful to God. They acknowledged the challenge was great and threatening, however they declared that their God was greater and able to accomplish His plan regardless of the danger- saying, “The land, which we passed through to spy it out, is an exceedingly good land. If the Lord delights in us, He will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land that flows with milk and honey. Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. Their protection is removed from them, and the Lord is with us; do not fear them.”

The people chose to follow eight cowardly spies. The consensus was to forgo God’s orders to enter and take the land. Instead the people of God went their own way fearful and disobedient, which cost them their lives!

God was so angry at their lack of faith that he declared, “…none of the men who have seen My glory and My signs that I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and yet have put Me to the test these ten times and have not obeyed My voice, shall see the land that I swore to give to their fathers. And none of those who despised Me shall see it.

Forty years later the adults of that unbelieving ancient Jewish population had passed away in the wilderness. Only Joshua and Caleb would enter the land.

Refusal to trust in God for His outcome results in bigly losses. Only those who remain faithful to a sovereign God will “enter the land.”

I leave the present-day correlation to this biblical account up to the reader…

“This blogger’s hope is to be an encouragement to faithful Christ-followers as they recognize God’s Big Picture and purpose to participate in it. Adonai Eloheinu!”

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I’ve Changed My Mind on Trump


By: Susan Bea Good

“Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.” (Proverbs 22:15/ESV)

Today I’ve realized that the majority of my neighbors, friends, and family are Trump supporters. It seems that my numerous blog posts, intent on exposing him as a candidate to reject, have fallen upon mostly deaf ears.

This morning I received a Facebook message from a highly respected Aunt encouraging me again to consider voting for the Republican. Her link was meant to convince me that Trump is a candidate in whom I may feel “hopeful.” I disagreed. She said, “so sorry you still feel that way”…I said, “Me too.”

This is how it’s been for months now. At this time, as far as I can tell, there are literally three people in my immediate family, a friend from high school, one man at church, a couple of friends on Facebook, and very few pastors and commentators that are still standing firm to never vote for a candidate as bad as Donald Trump. It’s getting lonely!

The most reliable polls and honest strategists are still predicting that Hillary Clinton will win this contest. I’ve stated all along that I believe if she’s still breathing on election day she will become President. Yet, this morning I have changed my mind.

I’ve realized that the Trump-is-savior attitude in the “Christian” community is so distasteful to God that He must judge the nation.

Yesterday was the Franklin Graham prayer rally at the capitol steps here in Michigan. This ministry’s national focus is to convince the Christian community to turn to God in personal and national repentance so we may receive God’s blessings once again.  Since there is so much evidence that this community is not repenting, but in fact wholeheartedly embracing idolatry, how can God spare us any longer from His judgment?

At this point I have realized that Donald Trump, though the numbers still show he will lose this election, will be the 45th President of the United States. Yeah-Trump 2016!!

And then what? Will his generals literally tie his hands so he can’t push the nuclear buttons? Will Phil Robertson publicly baptize him? Will Paula White teach him to pray in tongues?  Will his business advisors force him to make us all rich and “great again?” And who will duck tape his mouth in an effort to hide his vast ignorance?

No, I think President Trump will soon prove to be the terribly foolish man that he has been for most of his seventy years. He himself said that he hasn’t changed much since he was five years old.

If Hillary wins there will be no national repentance, only self-destruction on the Republican side. But if Trump wins, and does what I think he’ll do…rule as an ignorant, selfish dictator…there is a chance for repentance.

And so it is with sadness that I must reveal that I believe Donald Trump may indeed become our nation’s next President. The discipline and correction of the Lord is sure to follow.

“This blogger’s hope is to be an encouragement to faithful Christ-followers as they recognize God’s Big Picture and purpose to participate in it. Adonai Eloheinu!”

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Bless Your Heart

fiery-furnace-640x220By: Susan Bea Good

“Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, ‘O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.’” (Daniel 3:16-18/ESV)

This election season has often led me into “nothing left to say” territory. I still read every day and share links to well written pieces on our voting options and how they may fit into God’s Big Picture. The reactions I am receiving from Facebook friends and some family is astounding. Late last night I received a comment to a piece I linked from Erick Erickson on the Resurgent. “Bless her heart,” this friend removed her comment before I could copy it this morning to place verbatim in this blog. Her accusation of “hater” was clear!

“Bless your heart” was used on me as a passive aggressive head-pat this summer. I have decided to adopt that comment as the perfect response to accusers. When my carefully chosen links to well written, thoughtful, fair, and biblical arguments to today’s challenges are met with accusations that I am a hater, my response will be “Bless your heart!”

For those of you in my circle of life who are agitated, angry, and have even gone so far as to reject me because I have publicly stated my objections to voting for a man like Donald Trump, let me make this clear. If Hillary Clinton is still breathing on November 8 she will be the winner of the contest and elected as President of our nation. This terrible truth is not because she has earned the win but because you have put forth the worst possible challenger. Those most responsible for a President Clinton voted for Trump in the primaries. For others who joined Trump’s train ride to destruction at a later date I have only pity for you. I know many of you in that later category say you have no choice now…but you do!

There is never a right time to join into an evil alliance. There is never a situation requiring us to participate in godlessness disguised as God’s will! It is not God’s will that His people lose faith and surrender.

So, for any who have chosen to take this personally…bless your hearts! I know mine is blessed, and I can only hope that you realize the truth about these times before you commit your vote to evil- because regret is a merciless companion.

“This blogger’s hope is to be an encouragement to faithful Christ-followers as they recognize God’s Big Picture and purpose to participate in it. Adonai Eloheinu!”


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What in the World is God Doing?



By: Susan Bea Good

“…for we walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthian 5:7/ESV)

With just 63 days left before voting is finalized for this season’s national elections Socialist Liberal Democrats seem settled on their candidate, but Conservative Christian Republican types are wrestling more than ever…with each other. The Republican candidate is so divisive that we cannot unite behind him!

For months my Facebook feed has reflected my view of Trump as a candidate to reject. I have made it clear, by the links I share and with my own personal statements, that I cannot vote for Donald Trump. I cannot! Is that clear? I just can’t do it! No, I don’t want Hillary to become President…but the fact remains that primary voters put forward a man that I am unable to support, regardless of the consequence. This argument is a moral one.

A moral argument is one made on principles of conscience. My conscience does not allow me to go to places that some of my FB friends seem OK with. When I share my stand it is to encourage others who are standing with me, to assist some who are wavering, and to dissuade a few from the course they are on. I am not personally condemning you because we disagree. Perhaps you have confused me with your own conscience…which may be condemning you.

“Do no evil” is the principle on which I stand in response to life. This extends to supporting those who do evil- I cannot stand with them!

To take an evil course in order to avoid another evil course is not an option for me. In these situations, and there have been many in my life experience,  I defer to Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding, acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will direct your paths.”

I do not claim to fully understand the situation we are in as a nation. One year ago I was confident that God wanted us to move on from the precipice we faced morally, financially, and globally. However, at this time I cannot say that I see what God is doing with America. I do see that our country is deserving of painful correction for our almost 60 million abortions, perverse focus on sexual dysfunction, and abandonment of faith in Him.

One thing I do hope is that faithful Believers in Jesus Christ will honestly examine their motives for supporting an ungodly man for leader of this nation. We’ve all heard that there are only two choices this election. In fact that may be correct. This election may be revealing God’s process of binary separation. The choices we make may separate us by sheep and goats- those who would not bow to an idol to save their own lives and those who would, those who would follow Him into the Promised Land and those who would cower in fear of the future.

God may be allowing His children to choose destruction or blessing at our own hands. This presidential election may be an opportunity for repentance before He releases His full judgment. We will each answer for our choices in this life. I can explain mine, can you?

“This blogger’s hope is to be an encouragement to faithful Christ-followers as they recognize God’s Big Picture and purpose to participate in it. Adonai Eloheinu!”

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Shame on Your Conscience!


By: Susan Bea Good

“Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy…having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.” (I Peter 3:13-16/ESV)

There once was a time when the concept was so widely accepted that even a Disney cricket advised us, “Let your conscience be your guide.” These are no longer those days. Now the popular crowd admonishes that following one’s deeply held beliefs is an offense to be booed!

This year’s presidential elections have left me feeling personally “booed.” I’ve been called a “loser” while being repeatedly ordered to, “Get over it!”

If you too have been subjected to shaming because you’ve chosen not to support an evil candidate you are not alone. And although it seems that each week another tall figure falls to the pressure, we are still in very good company. We can still find encouragement that some men of faith have not fallen for the populist pressure.

Politics naturally attracts liars and con-men. There’s a lot of power and wealth to be gained by the unscrupulous who obtain a public office. That being said, there are still many true servants out there who remain faithful to their commitments to work for us, not themselves.

I have found one useful purpose for Trump, character-delineation. I only need to ask where one stands on the man.

My conscience is clear, and will remain that way. I can only imagine the regret conscience-offenders are going to reap at the end of this test.

“This blogger’s hope is to be an encouragement to Christ-followers as they recognize God’s Big Picture and purpose to participate in it. Adonai Eloheinu!”

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Unemployed Partisan Looking for a Job


By: Susan Bea Good

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16/ESV)

This morning I feel as though I lost a meaningful job. Earlier this year I declined to run again as Precinct Delegate because I knew that my conscience would not allow me to promote the con-man who seemed destined to win the Republican nomination. In past elections I have knocked on doors, talked to voters, and worked with the local Republican Party in getting out the vote. Not this year, and maybe never again!

Today the slobbering Chris Christie is doubling down on his accusation that all who will not work to elect his idol are essentially working to elect Hillary Clinton. I have had enough of this rhetoric. One of my Facebook friends recently asked me if I was planning to vote for Hillary- because I’m not supporting Trump. Others have said they were disappointed in my anti-Trump stand. I have never assisted a Liberal into office and will not start now. Since both Hillary and Donald are Liberals I won’t be supporting or voting for either.

I may not be able to vote for my Party’s nominee this year but I still love my country. I realize too that the current con-man is merely a symptom of the peoples’ foolishness and greed. Those who are following Trump have either failed to understand or chosen to ignore his character. I still believe that character counts, which makes it impossible for me to support a man who has spent seventy years exemplifying ungodliness- despite what many popular preachers are saying about him these days.

For now I am without a political party and without a candidate to support this election season. However, I will never be out of a significant job. My main work is still to testify that Jesus Christ is Lord and live a life that is pleasing to Him.

“This blogger’s hope is to be an encouragement to Christ-followers as they recognize God’s Big Picture and purpose to participate in it. Adonai Eloheinu!”

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Second Chance for Trump Voters


By: Susan Bea Good

“David said to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the Lord.’ And Nathan said to David, ‘The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die.'” (2 Samuel 12:13/ESV)

I am troubled almost daily by those who demand that I abandon my principles and commit to voting for Donald Trump in November. I recognize the lack of wisdom (or worse) that each of these voters proved with their primary selections, yet I am willing to give them a second chance. The Republican convention begins next week in Cleveland. It is possible for this Party to nominate a true Conservative…but this would require repentance from Trumpism.

Trump voters have welcomed a new religion into America. Shockingly, it’s the “evangelicals” who have filled the pews in worship of a new savior, the one they believe has the answers to all their problems. The foolishness of this stance takes my breath away!

Why must I promise to cast my  vote for a man who has never been a Conservative?…so that “Hitlery” doesn’t win…to “Make America Great Again”…to build a wall…to stop all those evil Mexicans, Muslims, and Jews from taking over America?

True Conservatives have been working hard for months preparing a Republican Party statement of faith that can withstand the assaults coming next week. The convention begins Monday, with a presumed nominee who cannot commit to the Party statement. Will the Republicans pass him through? Or will they take their second chance and free the delegates to vote their consciences?

“This blogger’s hope is to be an encouragement to Christ-followers as they recognize God’s Big Picture and purpose to participate in it. Adonai Eloheinu!”



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