2006-02-31 - Luxurious Living God's WayNumbers 13-14:38
The Lord commanded Moses to have the 12 tribal leaders go explore the land of Canaan, about 250 miles away. The men had specific directives. They were to see what the land and its inhabitants were like, and to bring back fruit samples.
Their journey lasted 40 days and they brought back figs, grapes, and pomegranates. When the 12 reported back what they had seen, all agreed the land was rich. Then came the “but” statement. “Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there.” (Numbers 13:28 KJV)
Caleb did not focus on the negative, and said they should take possession of the land. He knew the task was great, and knew first-hand what they would be up against. He had faith they could do it, with the Lord’s help.
The other men gave reasons why they couldn’t. Even made up things out of fear, so they would not have to return. Because of the lies they spread, ten leaders died of a plague. They chose not to believe what God could do, and lost their lives for their unbelief.
Caleb and Joshua told the people if they had God’s favor, He would lead them into the land. “If the LORD delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey.” (Numbers 14:8 KJV) Caleb warned the people not to rebel or be afraid.
How can we also have faith like Joshua and Caleb? They saw what God could do, not what humans can do without God. Their picture included the Lord. The Israelite people were not convinced; they wanted to stone Joshua and Caleb!
"How could these people not get excited and rally behind Joshua and Caleb?" I prayed and said, "I hope I am not like that." To my horror, God revealed to me that I am, every time I am afraid. I may not be called to attack powerful people or take possession of land, but I can become ineffective when I start to believe my lists of what could happen, instead of being instructed by God’s Word.
Lord, Thank You for leaving us with the story of Caleb's and Joshua’s faith. It makes me want to have matchless faith like theirs. I want to attack these doubts and fears that want to destroy the work You are doing in me. Help me to never forget that when You instruct me to do something, You will never set me up to fail. You always have my best in mind. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.