Nearer the Promise

Joshua and Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it. (Numbers 13:30)

Bear in mind that sometimes when you are closest to your promise, the enemy may create challenges to discourage you from moving forward. When the children of Israel were close to the promised land, they had to defeat the giants to take possession. There were two reports about the inhabitants after the spies were sent out to view the land. One set of spies saw the inhabitants as giants and themselves as grasshoppers but Joshua and Caleb saw themselves as giants and the inhabitants as grasshoppers. (Number 13-14)

It often depends on our perspective and how we see our problems compared to how we see God who is with us. Joshua and Caleb declared that they were well able to overthrow the inhabitants and take the land. The other spies gave an evil report which discouraged the people. The people were so distraught by the bad report that they cried and wanted to stone Moses, Joshua and Caleb. They even suggested appointing a captain and returning to Egypt. (Numbers 14:14) We have to be careful who we listen to when we are faced with a trial and a major decision.

This unbelief from the people grieved God and although Moses interceded on their behalf, God declared that they would not enter the promised land because of their unbelief and rebellion. (Numbers 14:20-38)

It is unfortunate that they failed the last mission towards gaining the promise. Sometimes we can be so close to our breakthrough and the clouds of doubt and fear can cause us to complain and murmur against God. We are human and some doubt is acceptable but don’t stay in that place of unbelief for too long.

Believe the report of the Lord and stand on his promises. If God says you are going to gain the promise then believe and don’t become despondent when you face the trials. We are well able to overtake the giants and take possession.

A.P.-Y.

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