STORY #6: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE (WANDERINGS)
“And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a leader among them.” (Num. 13:1-2).
After God’s people had camped out at Mount Sinai, they begin wandering through the wilderness of Paran. At one point, God tells them it’s time to spy out the Promised Land, and one leader is chosen from each of the twelve tribes. As they head into Canaan, they see that it is everything God promised it would be – a bountiful land flowing with milk and honey. But there’s a problem. Their cities are fortified and the inhabitants of the land are giants.
Wait a minute: didn’t God promise them that He would give them the land? And isn’t He a promise-keeping God? Of course He is! But unfortunately, when the twelve spies returned to Moses, ten of them gave him a bad report saying, “We are not able to take the land!”
It’s amazing what a difference perspective can make! Caleb and Joshua were two of the spies who went into the Promised Land, and they saw things completely different than the others. They said, “We are well able to take the land!” They had seen the exact same cities and enemies as the other ten, the only difference was their attitude.
The Bible says, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Prov. 23:7). In other words, what we believe about ourselves significantly affects what we become! The ten spies said, “We saw the giants, and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”
What was the difference between what Caleb and Joshua saw, and what the other ten saw? They knew that God was with them, and if God is for us, who can be against us? We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us! Therefore, we can be strong and courageous as we face impossible situations and giants today!
THE STORY BIBLE READING FOR THIS WEEK:
Num. 10-14;20-21;25;27; Deut. 1-2;4;6;8-9;29-32;34