In the 13th chapter of the Book of Numbers, we find that the Israelites are on the border of the land which God had promised them back when they were enslaved by the Egyptians. God instructs Moses to send out one leader from each tribe to go out and spy out the land.
When these men returned, all of the people gathered eagerly to hear their report.
This was their report to Moses: We entered the land you sent us to explore, and it is indeed a bountiful country a land flowing with milk and honey. Here is the kind of fruit it produces. Numbers 13:27 (NLT)The Bible tells us in verse 23 that a single cluster of grapes was so large that two men had to carry it between them on a pole. As rich and bountiful as that would have seemed to many of us, you can well imagine the reaction of people who had been living in the desert.
They had heard about the promise of God but now some of their own men had come back and seen the promised land with their own eyes. They confirmed what God had said was true. It was a good land, a rich land that flowed with milk and honey.
This clear confirmation of this portion of God's promise makes what happened next almost unbelievable. They didn't believe the rest of the promise.
But the people living there are powerful, and their towns are large and fortified. We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak! Numbers 13:28 (NLT)
Upon hearing this, the people's faces fell. God had promised them this beautiful land but they could not lay claim to it because... it was occupied by others whom they were certain it would be useless to even try to fight. They were already a defeated people and they hadn't even taken a step forward.
Are we like that? Are we so focused on enemy that we do not go forth as God commanded and "possess the land"; we do not trust in His promises?
Two of the spies, Joshua and Caleb were certainly aware that there were battles to be fought but... they also trusted in God's promise. They were eager to move forward and seize the promise. They were the minority.
Interestingly enough, forty years later, Joshua did lead the Israelites into Canaan. He led battles against the people he had seen and he lived to see the promise fulfilled. His people possessed the land. Caleb also saw this promise fulfilled. He too was permitted to possess the land and saw his seed possess it as well. They were the only ones of their generation to do so...
Let us fix our eyes upon God's promises and trust Him... no matter what!
Yes, the best way out of troubles and problems is the fix our eyes on Him, fix on hearts on His way. Surely God will help His children who are so devoted to Him and trust Him completely.
Turn our eyes to Him always and the things of this world will grow strangely dim.
Thanks for sharing, Sister K
From Hwa Silverpen