July 10, 2021
Scripture: 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.” Then the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are.” Numbers 13:30-31 ESV
Observation: After their 40-day scouting mission into Canaan (the Promise Land), Moses’s appointed spies (one from each of the twelve tribes of Israel) returned with a unanimous report that Canaan is indeed flowing with milk and honey. However, they presented conflicting counsel about the next step. Ten of the tribesmen focused on the power and might of those who would resist them. Caleb and Joshua focused on the power of might of the One who had delivered them from Pharoah and had commanded them to go and take possession of the land. The majority opinion would prevail. Consequently, Israel’s disobedience would delay their entering into the Promise Land for another 40 years.
Takeaway: When we are called by God to take possession of godless environs for the Kingdom of God (whether physical or relational), we would do well to focus on his might and power instead of our deficiencies. After all, as the Apostle Paul notes, his power is perfected in our weaknesses (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Prayer: Father God, help us to focus on your sovereignty and resist succumbing to our fears, that we might take possession of enemy territories for your glory and the growth of your kingdom. Amen.
Rev. Gordon Green, M.Div., M.A. Counseling