Numbers 12:1-13:33 / Mark 14:22-52 / Psalm 52:1-9 / Proverbs 11:1-3
Numbers 13:26-28, 30
“…they brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land. Then they told them: ‘We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey and this is its fruit. Nevertheless, the people of the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there.
(v. 30) Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it!”
At the Lord’s command, Moses sent out a leader from each of the tribes to spy out the land of Canaan – the land the Lord had promised to give them. They discovered that the land is truly good and plentiful. Though the fruit of the land was exceedingly good, the report they brought back to the people was very negative. They told the people of the giants that lived in the land (the descendants of Anak) and painted a picture of fear and defeat in the face of these obstacles. Despite the fact that this land was the very inheritance that God had promised His people generations before and that this was the appointed time that God intended to deliver it into their hands, they did not believe that they would be able to defeat the people that lived there. The leadership consensus was that they should not attempt to take the land.
Only Caleb and Joshua were able to see through the smoke screen of the challenges that lay before them. The reality was this: there were giants in the land and they would have to fight them. It would be tough, but God was on their side. Caleb and Joshua weren’t being blind about the circumstances – they were simply believing God’s promises and declaring God’s power over any obstacle they were to encounter. They demonstrated positive faith!
What God has promised will come to pass as we walk in FAITH AND TRUST. That’s who He is, His character – He works no other way! He is asking us to take our eyes off the “giants” that seem to overwhelm our circumstances - those things that would attempt to rock our faith - and focus in on Him, His promises and His power over the circumstances. Our God is much greater than any obstacle that attempts to block us from entering into our promised land. He is calling us to “take the land” with faith-filled confidence!