Numbers 14:1-15:21 / Mark 14:53-72 / Psalm 53:1-6 / Proverbs 11:4

Numbers 14: 2-3, 7-8

“ And the whole congregation said to them, “If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in the wilderness!  Why has the Lord brought us into the land to die by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims?  Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?

(v. 7-8) and they (Joshua & Caleb) spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying, “The land we passed through is an exceedingly good land.  If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us – a land which flows with milk and honey.”

Waiting, conflict, challenge.  Not many of us handle adversity very well these days.  Our culture points us to an array of quick fixes, medications and temporary solutions to help us avoid and/or escape any kind of discomfort.  We’ve become so used to immediate results that actually having to “wait on the Lord and trust Him for His strategies and His timing” can seem like torture.

The people we at a crossroad and had two choices…trust God and for His strength, strategy, provision and victory as they walked WITH Him INTO the challenge, OR be over taken with fear and fall into hopelessness – alone, WITHOUT Him. 

The truth was, WITHOUT the Lord’s help they faced certain failure.  They were out numbered, out-sized and they weren’t on their own turf. 

Knowing this, Caleb and Joshua boldly chose the first option.  They saw the giants with their own eyes, but they were clear on what God had told them about taking the land.  They could have fallen into fear, but instead planted their feet firmly on the fact that God was on their side.  Without His help they knew it would be impossible, but WITH Him they were certain that He (by His power and strength, NOT THEIRS) would bring them into the land and give it to them.

Because we live in a fallen world, we face countless challenges that will “take us out” if we attempt to walk through them alone.  Let us be bold, like Joshua and Caleb, knowing that WITH HIM we will make it out the other side of any pain, challenge, or difficulty we will face.  And, as we walk WITH HIM, He will bring us through these things and into green, fruitful promise!

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