In the book of Numbers 13, God commanded Moses to send spies to the land of Canaan to have a view of what the promised land looked like.
Twelve leaders (representing each tribe of Israel) were sent. They saw the same things in Canaan yet only two returned with positive feedback. All the other ten could think and talk about were the negative. They were filled with such fear that they began to moan; “The people are too big, they look stronger than we are, we’re like grasshoppers in their sight”. The Bible says they gave the children of Israel a bad report.
Caleb and Joshua (The two) on the other hand said, “The land is exceedingly good, if the Lord delights in us then He will bring us into this land and give it to us. Only do not rebel against the Lord nor fear the people of the land for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them and the Lord is with us, do not fear them” (Numbers 14:7-9).
So, there are two sides here; good and bad reports. The children of Israel could’ve chosen to listen to Caleb and Joshua but rather, they listened to the ten. As a result, they began to complain, cry and wish for another leader to return them to Egypt, their land of slavery.
I had a few questions in mind while studying these passages. How many times do we choose to believe the negative rather than positive? How many times do we choose to accept and grieve over the bad rather than rejoice over the good?
I use the word CHOOSE because we are presented with choices everyday; we can either trust God and His word or follow satan’s lies.
We must not entertain negative and carnal thinkers especially when faced with trials and tests. How do we expect to grow in our relationship with Christ if we choose to discredit His word over satan’s?! Yes, that’s exactly what we do when we choose to listen and entertain anything that goes against His word for our lives.
Today I ask, WHO HAVE YOU CHOSEN TO LISTEN TO? The ten or the two? It’s true, number-wise the ten are more but you don’t need the whole world to agree with you when applying faith.
Hebrews 11:1 explains faith as the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of THINGS NOT SEEN…
So if you’re not seeing things working out, great, you’re in the best position to exercise the FAITH in you.
I’m praying for you.