Ten said No.
Two said Go!
Interesting Lord, that only two of those who went to see the goodness of the land You promised to give the Israelites, had the faith to take You at Your word and go forward to take possession of it.
The other ten saw the goodness, but they also saw the size of those living there. They could have compared the size of the enemy to the size of their God – who had delivered them from the entire Egyptian Army! And brought them through the desert! And who fed them every day, a miraculous food they had never seen, that came from nowhere! And Who was leading them with an awesome pillar of cloud by day and fire by night!
But instead, they focused on themselves. They compared the size of their perceived “enemy” to their own puny, whiny selves, and were filled with fear and dread. Even worse, they spread fear, discouragement and rebellion to the people!
What a typical human response. How many times have I looked at my own circumstances, and figured out that I couldn’t win? Forgetting that I can call on You as my ally – the One who can do miracles! The One who keeps His promises! The One who is faithful to His Word!
Forgive me Lord, for giving up before the battle. Especially when I haven’t even called on You, trusting in faith, believing that You could and You would make a difference. Forgive me when I focus on the challenges before me instead of the ally standing beside me!
I desire to be like Caleb and Joshua who said GO! They compared the size of their enemy not to themselves, but to their Great God!
Let me see Your promises to me for all the blessing they are! Let me see that the future You have planned for me is exceedingly good. Lead me into my promised land and help me take it.
Do not let me disobey and rebel. Do not let my fear get the better of me and keep me away.
Let me realize that when You are with me, there is no protection for the enemy! Help me take possession of all You have for me. I want to live in my Promised Land! Amen