The Lord had promised this land flowing with milk and honey to the Israelite’s for generations. Now they were right on the cusp of taking hold of it. So, Moses sent some men into the land to scout it out, to bring back even the freshest fruit from the land. So they went, knowing of the Lord’s promise, and scouted it out. They tasted the goodness and the freshness of the fruits and reported back to Moses.
“They reported to Moses: We went into the land where you sent us. Indeed it is flowing with milk and honey, and here is some of its fruit.” (Numbers 13:27)
Everything seems great. The Israelite’s are excited, ready to take hold of the land, promised to them by God. Here comes the dreaded but.
“However, the people living in the land are strong and cities are large and fortified. We also saw the descendants of Anak there. The Amalekites are living in the land of the Negev. the Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live by the sea and along the Jordan.” (Numbers 13:28-29).
Oh the dreaded but. So many things in our society come with a but. Would you like to eat this pizza but you will gain 10 pounds. Would you like to open a credit card with us and save five percent today but in the long run you will be spending way more than you are saving. Same thing with the Israelite’s, their buts and fears were derailing their quest for the promise. Good thing we have a voice of reason in this story.
“Then Caleb quieted the people in the presence of Moses and said, We must go up and take possession of the land because we can certainly conquer it!” (Numbers 13:30).
Caleb was one of the scouts sent out to scout out the land. He saw the same Giants and fears that the others saw, but unlike the other scouts, he did not forget about God. They were looking at the Giants in fear but Caleb saw that the Lord was bigger than their fears. That even though they had enemies surrounding them and their land, he knew that it was just that, their land, the land that God had promised them. He knew that God didn’t go back on His promises but the people would just not listen and their fears and the Giants overwhelmed them.
“But the men who had gone up with him responded, We can’t go up against the people because they are stronger than we are!” (Numbers 13:31)
Another mistake on the scouts part. They were sizing up the problem in their power and looking at it from the resources they had. Of course they couldn’t defeat these people on their own. They were not looking at it from God’s prospective and from His resources but their own. Caleb and Joshua though came back again and once again tried to reason with the people and give an accurate report.
“Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who scouted out the land, tore their clothes and said to the entire Israelite community: “The land that we passed through and explored is an extremely good land. If the Lord is pleased with us. He will bring us into this land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and give it to us. Only don’t rebel against the Lord, and don’t be afraid of the people of the land, for we will devour them. Their protection has been removed from them, and the Lord is with us. Don’t be afraid of them!” (Numbers 14:6-9).
Caleb and Joshua truly knew their God and the power that He possessed. They knew that God had told them to take hold of this land, the promise that He had promised to them, many years ago. They knew that these giants and troubles that awaited them, God had already defeated these things. That He was so much more powerful than these enemies and that He had already given this land to the Israelite’s. This land was a land of blessing and goodness, greater than the Israelite’s had ever experienced before.
Today after sitting and praying before the Lord, I am convinced like Caleb and Joshua, to remember the promise. Even though the finances are not their right now and the details are confusing, I trust the Lord. I trust the Lord that even though there are Giants that are huge standing in my way, I trust in the promise of the Lord. That what He has promised will come true. I do not want to be like the Israelite’s who missed the greatest promise and blessing because of their own fears. I do not want to wander in the wilderness for forty years and miss completely what God has planned for me.
Maybe you are feeling the same way today. You look at your life and you see many Giants, huge giants. Giants that seem impossible to defeat. Giants of depressions or addictions or Giants that are surrounding the promises that God has promised you. You have tasted the fruit of the promise and you know the Lord is ready to bless you but you are fearful, concerned. You think, How can I walk down a road with no lights, where I can’t see my steps? How can I move into this promise with Giants standing in my way? The answer is the Lord. If the Lord is with you and you trust Him, He will remove those Giants from your land. He will conquer those things that you can’t possibly conquer.
So today, even though I see the Giants and they are big and they are terrifying, I trust the Lord and His promise that He has shown me is my next step. I charge into my land, into the promise that the Lord has shown me, unafraid, fearless, letting Him lead the way, as I experience this new land flowing with milk and honey!
Take hold of your land today with the Lord!