Numbers Chapter 13 tells the story of the spies that Israel sent into the land of Canaan to see what was there. There was one man sent from each tribe, so that man must have been looked up to as a great leader for the whole tribe to choose him. There were thousands of people in each tribe, so this would have been a great honor to be chosen for this awesome task.
These 12 men spent 40 days learning as much as they could about the people, cities, how the foreigners lived, the condition of the land, and what kind of harvest they could expect from it.
They found the land to be more fertile and awesome than anything they had ever imagined. In fact, the Bible says that they cut off a cluster of grapes that was so large that they had to “bare it between two upon a staff.” Imagine grapes being so heavy that two people had to carry them.
God meant for them to see all the wonderful bounty of the land and be excited about the fact that very soon they would possess all this awesome land for themselves.
But instead of believing what God said and looking at the land from the point of view that they were about to own the most magnificent land they had ever seen or heard about, they let the people who were already living there cloud their judgment because they were very tall, very strong, and there were many of them.
As you read the passage below, remember that these were considered the greatest leaders of each of the 12 tribes:
Numbers 13: 26-28
And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and shewed them the fruit of the land.
And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it.
Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there. KJV
Then 10 of these great leaders went on to convince the whole tribe of Israel that the land was awesome beyond imagination, but they would never be able to possess it.
God had done numerous daily miracles for them in getting them to this point, but they still could not trust Him enough to believe that He was capable of giving them the land.
Instead of concentrating on what God wanted to give them and having tunnel vision in His ability to give it to them, they convinced themselves that He was not BIG enough to drive out their enemies from the land.
I can only imagine how Moses, Caleb, and Joshua must have felt as they tried their best to convince the people to start the conquest immediately. They could see that there would be disastrous consequences if the people continued to believe the 10 men and stay put in the wilderness, but all they could do about it was feel nauseated and sick; they had tried in every possible way to convince them to go forward to occupy the land.
My servant Caleb…has a different spirit and has followed fully.
Those ten men had an adverse effect on several million people and caused them to make a terribly wrong decision that eventually caused them to die an early death in the wilderness. Joshua, Caleb, and only those 20 and under would be able to cross over into the Promised Land. The rest would die in the wilderness. Talk about a life with no hope – it must have been devastating when they found out what would happen.
If we as Christians don’t desire to be of a different spirit that follows God fully, we also have the potential to affect the many people with whom we come in contact every day in an adverse way.
God says that if He has promised something to us, He will provide a way for us to obtain it. Yet by our own choosing we will either accept what He has to offer or refuse it by not believing He can bring it to pass.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be the one who has an adverse affect on my community or church family because I refused to believe God when He told me He wanted to do something supernatural.
I want my children and grandchildren to see that I have such a belief in God that I have no doubt He will do what He says He will do. What an awesome legacy to leave your family for future generations.
This post written by Cathy Deaton.
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