Tuesday, February 21, 2012

how we see our problems

Numbers 13.27-31 NLT

27 This was their report to Moses: "We entered the land you sent us to explore, and it is indeed a bountiful country—a land flowing with milk and honey. Here is the kind of fruit it produces.  28 But the people living there are powerful, and their towns are large and fortified. We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak!  29 The Amalekites live in the Negev, and the Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites live in the hill country. The Canaanites live along the coast of the Mediterranean Seat and along the Jordan Valley."  30 But Caleb tried to quiet the people as they stood before Moses. "Let's go at once to take the land," he said. "We can certainly conquer it!"
  31 But the other men who had explored the land with him disagreed. "We can't go up against them! They are stronger than we are!"

 

I have read this passage many times.  It is powerful.  It is about the time when Moses, the leader of God's people, sent spies to go see and report on the land that God had promised them.  Remember, this is a God-thing.  God promised these people the land.  God provided what these people needed every day.  God was more than what they needed with guiding them all the time.

 

Yet 10 of the spies gave a horrible report.  Taking this land would be hard and even be a war because the people are like giants.  These men described the people of God as weak and pretty much said God is too weak to get them in the land.

 

Joshua and Caleb gave a different story.  They said that this land is theirs for the taking.  It is time to move in.  The land is also blessed and so good in many, many ways.  It was time to go get what God promised.

 

What is the difference between the 10 spies and the 2 spies?  The difference is in how they look at their problem.  The 10 spies said we can't do this, and God won't do this.  Joshua and Caleb said God is bigger and better than any problem we might have.  They said trust God.

 

How do we look at our problems?  Do we first look at God and them our problems understanding that God can do anything?  Or do we look at our problems and then look at God and see God as inferior and weak?

 

May we have a different outlook than any one else!  God is able to do anything.  How we look at our problems makes all the difference.

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