Scripture: Numbers 13:17 Moses sent (the twelve leading men among the Israelites) to spy out the land of Canaan, and said to them, “Go up there into the Negeb, and go up into the hill country, 18 and see what the land is like…Now it was the season of the first ripe grapes…23 And they came to the Wadi Eshcol, and cut down from there a branch with a single cluster of grapes, and they carried it on a pole between two of them…25 At the end of forty days they returned from spying out the land… “We came to the land to which you sent us; it flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. 28 Yet the people who live in the land are strong, and the towns are fortified and very large…30 But Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.” 31 Then the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against this people, for they are stronger than we.” 32 So they brought to the Israelites an unfavorable report of the land that they had spied out…
Observation: All but one of the “spies” were intimidated by the apparent strength of the inhabitants of the Promised Land and the fortified cities in which they lived. They viewed themselves and their fellow Israelites as out-numbered and out-gunned. But Caleb saw it differently. Yes, there were giant people inhabiting the land in great numbers, behind formidable city walls. But rather than focus on this apparent problem, Caleb focused on the promise. The same God who had freed them from slavery in Egypt had already promised this land to them. All they had to do was claim it.
Application: Sounds simple enough. Rather than focus on the apparent problem, focus on the promise of God as Caleb did. Is God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth, not greater than any obstacle that stands in the way of God’s people? Of course. I understand this logically but… those giants are really big! Which leads me to some key questions for today:
Where am I fixating on my problems rather than fixating on the promises of God? How is this fear keeping me from living into God’s preferred future for me? What would it look like for me to live in faith rather than fear?
Prayer: Lord, the world can be a scary place with many kinds of “giants in the land”. Our human nature is to be consumed with fear when we encounter life’s giants. Give us grace to focus instead upon your mighty power and promises. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.