Are you like Caleb and Joshua or are you like the nameless men who went to explore the Promised Land?
Moses had sent spies into the Promised Land to check out what God had promised to them. When the spies returned, the majority let fear persuade them that they couldn’t possibly enter this land full of strong, powerful people. Only Caleb and Joshua relied on God’s promise and His power and might and tried to convince the people that they could enter this land because of who GOD is.
I am sure most of us would love to think we are like Caleb and Joshua. However, who do we most act like?
God provided miracle after miracle and provision after provision for the Israelites…. From daily manna to attending them in a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. Yet, the people let fear and doubt get in the way of what God promised to them.
When we look at our own lives, do we see God’s provision or do we see the unknown ahead and doubt? Do we see how He took care of us through our lives all this time or do we look at the future in fear?
Caleb was in the minority but spoke up and said “but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them” Numbers 14:8b
God said “because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it” Numbers 14:24
Caleb didn’t have the greatest faith in the world but he was a man of faith in a great God. He was able to be bold and fearless because He knew who God is and didn’t put his faith in himself or the Israelites who on the surface appeared weak in comparison to the people in the land they were to enter.
Which one are you focusing on? Your own abilities or the faithfulness of God?
I shudder to think I could be one of the nameless people who didn’t have enough faith to enter the Promised Land. Getting into the Bible and finding out more about God just because we love Him and want to know Him, not because we want to get something out of Him……can we see how this can make us trust Him each day?
May our Father say of us “but because my servant (your name) has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring her/him into the Promised Land!”