If you missed Kim’s post on Monday, please go back and check it out. This period in the life of the Israelites sets the stage for many difficult years to come. The twelve spies return with a glowing report on the land God has promised to give them. It is nothing short of amazing! They also see a formidable obstacle in the inhabitants –a multitude of trained warriors that inhabit the territory God has promised. They see all of this very clearly. Their problem is their perspective. In other words, they wrongly assessed the data in light of other reality. In this case, ten of the twelve spies saw the land and the people and determined that things were hopeless as we see in 13:33, “We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” Sure, there were huge obstacles, but what they didn’t see was how big God is. Joshua and Caleb saw both the problems and God and were certain that God was able to handle things, “Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.” (Numbers 14:9).
The lesson is this: God is bigger than any problem we will ever face while trusting and obeying Him. In fact, if we choose to follow Him, we will regularly encounter problems that require His resources to prevail. The reason for this is simple; God wants to display His power and love through us so that we and all those around us will know that He is real, present and able to care for His own. It is when we trust that He is able to handle things that our faith deepens and grows. Whenever we conclude that our obstacles to obeying God are too much to handle, then we have made God too small and our faith will diminish. Jesus expressed why we can have utter confidence in our Heavenly Father, “What is impossible for people is possible with God.” Luke 18:27 (NLT)
Hang in there,