After God got the Israelites out of Egypt and Moses brought them towards the promise land, there were spies sent out in Numbers 14 to check it out. All this time the Israelites had this concept that when they got to the promise land there would be big neon signs and a paved road. They were all expecting for this land flowing with milk and honey to be unoccupied and ready for them to take over. But if you’re familiar with the story, you know that wasn’t the case. All the spies minus two came back freaking out that there were big guys who appeared to be giants in the land, and their fear kept them out of where God wanted them to be blessed. They all testified to the bounty, but fear stopped them from grabbing what God told them was theirs.
Caleb and Joshua were the only two that were bold and full of faith. They kept declaring it didn’t matter that there were giants in the land, God wanted them to have the land and they were going forward.
God got annoyed with the Israelites. I know, what’s new with that? Basically they’d seen miracle after miracle of God’s hand in their life and provision and they would rather stay in fear instead of trusting God. As a result the Israelites had to wonder in the wilderness for 40 years and only Caleb and Joshua from the older generation made it in the Promised Land.
So often we have this concept of our promised land. We think when we get there everything will be just waiting for us and we’ll be able to waltz right in and take our place. I have often wondered if the Israelites would have chosen to listen to Caleb and Joshua would the inhabitants of that land have just let them come in and take over. Quite possibly, but we do know that 40 years later when they came back and marched around the city, the walls simply melted in the land. It was there land regardless of the giants. Faith is when you know something to be so regardless of what you see. Circumstances cannot be your measure of faith, or you’ll never accomplish the will of God for your life.
Recently there have been some things that have appeared in my life that seem like giants to me. I’ll admit it. Dan and I are still sorting out and grabbing hold of what we believe to be God and making sure it is before we run with it. So when I’m teaching on this blog I’m preaching to the choir here.
But what I keep coming back too is which one is bigger? Is it God or what I see to be a giant. Which is really bigger? Which am I going to choose to walk in fear or faith? So what, I see giants in the land? God is bigger than that thing. Maybe I need to take my eyes off the giant and look to God. He’s been faithful to get us to this point and He’s never let us down before, nor will he ever.
It’s actually pretty typical of God when you’re getting ready to walk into the Promised Land he has for you to see a few giants. It’s a test of how you’re going to react. Are you going to be full of faith or run away and hide? So I’m asking you today are you in fear over the giants you may see or are you in faith?
Hebrews 11:1-3 and 6 (KJV)
1Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
2For by it the elders obtained a good report.
3Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
6But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Know that you know that you know what God is saying on a matter and once you have His answer go forward. Those giants have to leave you land. They don’t have a choice. Choose faith over fear. You’ll be glad you did!