Week 36: A Faithful Outlook

Today’s Text: Numbers 13-16

Key Text: Numbers 13:30

“Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, ‘We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”

When the freed Hebrew slaves who had been wandering in the desert came to the Promised Land they did a very sensible thing: they sent spies into Canaan to see what it looked like.

Those spies, most of them, came back with a very sensible report:

“…the people who live there are powerful and the cities are fortified and very large….We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, we looked the same to them.”

In other words – they told Moses he best forget any crazy ideas he and God might have about taking that particular Promised Land.

Caleb, however, brought a very different report.

He brought back one that was filled with faith.

So he told the people they should get on with the business of conquering the land God had promised to them.

We too are sometimes faced with a similar choice.

We can believe our eyes – turn tail and run – in the face of obvious, gigantic obstacles.

Or we can believe our God – and get on with the business of overcoming those same obvious, gigantic obstacles.

If that sounds like some “pie in the sky” or “power of positive thinking” message…good. That’s what I intend it to be.

Life often presents us with very formidable obstacles to our faith.

But faith would not be faith if everything we were called upon by God to do were easy.

We must, by definition, trust in those things that are unseen if we are to grasp that which is of eternal significance.

Yes, it will be challenging, it will be difficult.

It is also, according to God, entirely possible.

All it takes….is faith.

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