Possess This Land

Numbers 13: 1-2

The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Send men to explore Canaan, which I’m giving to the Israelites. Send one leader from each of their ancestors’ tribes.”

Numbers 13: 30-33

30 Caleb told the people to be quiet and listen to Moses. Caleb said, “Let’s go now and take possession of the land. We should be more than able to conquer it.”

31 But the men who had gone with him said, “We can’t attack those people! They’re too strong for us!” 32 So they began to spread lies among the Israelites about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored is one that devours those who live there. All the people we saw there are very tall. 33 We saw Nephilim there. (The descendants of Anak are Nephilim.) We felt as small as grasshoppers, and that’s how we must have looked to them.”

Numbers 14: 36-38

36 So the men Moses sent to explore the land died in front of the Lord from a plague. 37 They died because they had returned and made the whole community complain about Moses by spreading lies about the land. [c] 38 Of all the men who went to explore the land, only Joshua (son of Nun) and Caleb (son of Jephunneh) survived.

Today I reflected on Numbers 13 and 14 and the similarities between the twelve spies and my own life. The Lord had promised the whole nation of Israel the land of Canaan. But the moment they say difficulty in possessing the land, ten out of the twelve spies got so fearful they convinced everyone else about the dangers of walking into the promise of God and caused a rebellion. The ten spies eventually forfeited themselves from ever experiencing the promise and in fact, also contributed to that whole generation also not getting to experience the promise as well.

I don’t want to end up like that. Yet, I do have a propensity to be like those ten spies. The Lord has opened up many doors for me in the past few months. Open doors that I had prayed for YEARS! Yet, the moment I got them, I was happy for a few days and then griped with fear when faced with the difficulties that this open door. I wondered if I had made a mistake. I wondered if God had set me up.

Yes, he had. But not in the negative light that I was thinking. He has set me up for victory. He has set me up to possess this land. To be victorious in this PhD program. To be victorious in ministry, in my relationship and future marriage. I am not alone in the possession of this land. He is actually the one doing all of the work! I just need to have daily faith in him and let my faith be evidenced in my actions.

Caleb said, “Let’s go now and take possession of the land. We should be more than able to conquer it


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