Are You Like Joshua and Caleb in the Bible? Which report will you give?
Right now it seems like we are on the very brink of WWIII. Israel is at war and all of their enemies are surrounding them. The war in the Ukraine is still going strong as well.
Every day there is another mass shooting when you turn on the news. It makes you want to go hide in fear or turn off the news because it can be overwhelming.
However, in spite of all the negative reports that we see. God is still in control. We have a choice of which report we are going to listen to. We also have a choice of which reports we are going to share with our family and friends and those around.
Joshua and Caleb in the Bible
Joshua and Caleb faced a similar choice.
In Numbers 13, God told Moses to send spies into the land of Canaan to search out the land. Ten of them came back with a bad report saying that it was impossible to conquer the land that God promised them.
They had already forgotten all that God had led them through. He freed them from slavery in Egypt, fed them with manna from heaven and led them with a pillar of fire by night. He brought forth water from a rock and parted the Red Sea.
All they saw were the problems. They were only looking with their natural eyes and failed to look with spiritual eyes or by faith. In spite of all that God had already done for them, they gave in to fear.
When Joshua and Caleb went to the promised land, on the other hand, they had faith. They saw all the good that God was bring them to. They knew that God wasn’t going to break His promise. They saw that the land “flowed with milk and honey”.
They had their eyes on God and on His promises and remembered all that He had already led them though.
Keep Your Eyes on Jesus
It’s easy in this world to get discouraged by all the bad news, wars, violence and the like. However, God said in His Word that this would happen. He is still in control in spite of how things look.
As long as we keep our eyes on Him, he won’t let us fall.
When the Apostle Peter was in a boat with the disciples, they saw Jesus walking on water.
Peter said “ “Lord, if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water.”
As long as Peter kept His eyes on Jesus, He was able to walk on water also. However, as soon as He took His eyes off the Lord, He began to sink.
Mustard Seed Faith
If we have faith as small as a mustard seed in Jesus and His promises, we can do anything. We can get through anything.
Jesus said to those struggling with belief, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you”
Matthew 17:20 NIV
It’s not just the amount of faith but who we have faith in. Staying focused on God and not on the circumstances and problems that we are facing.
So, be encouraged. We serve a big God. He has a plan. He’s already won the war. And, like Joshua and Caleb in the Bible, we have a choice of which report we will listen to and which report we will give to others.
I choose to keep my eyes of my Savior who has already led me through more than I could ever imagine. How about you? Are you going to walk in fear or walk in faith? Are you going to seize the opportunities that God has for you right now?
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