‘Caleb interrupted, called for silence before Moses and said, “Let’s go up and take the land—now. We can do it.”
But the others said, “We can’t attack those people; they’re way stronger than we are.” They spread scary rumors among the People of Israel. They said, “We scouted out the land from one end to the other—it’s a land that swallows people whole. Everybody we saw was huge. Why, we even saw the Nephilim giants (the Anak giants come from the Nephilim). Alongside them we felt like grasshoppers. And they looked down on us as if we were grasshoppers.”’ Exodus 13:30-33 MSG
Ten spies were sent by Moses into the land flowing with milk and honey that God promised to the Israelites. After discovering the glorious fruit of the land, eight returned terrified and pessimistic, seeing only the obstacles. Joshua and Caleb, however, were optimistic, seeing these same “obstacles” as nothing too big for their God.
After all the grumbling and complaining, God spoke to Moses and Aaron in Exodus 14:30, saying “Not one of you will enter the land and make your home there, the firmly and solemnly promised land, except for Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun.”
So, I ask you today: Are you a pessimistic grasshopper… or are you a courageous Caleb? What land, flowing with milk and honey, is God calling you into? Is there a fitness goal just within your reach? Is there a new opportunity on the horizon that He has promised you? When you look at what lies before you, are you focusing on the set-backs, the challenges, the obstacles, the difficulties, the people you’re afraid of? Are you overcome by your insecurities and fear of failure? Or are you declaring that all of those things are simple glitches that can easily be overcome by our all-powerful God? Nothing is too great for our God. He created you. He created the universe. He spoke the Earth and its life into existence with mere words!
If you focus on those problems, you may allow the enemy to prevent you from walking into what God has for you. Are you going to let a minor set-back keep you from your destiny? From the purpose God has for you? From answering the call of God on your life? If you focus on GOD, and keep pressing forward, HE will take care of all of those problems. He will either equip you with the skills, knowledge, creativity, and wisdom to conquer those giants, or he will obliterate them himself by whatever means He chooses. You are not in this battle alone.
Remember when Peter walked on the water? He was looking at Jesus. The minute he took his eyes off Jesus and looked at the storm, Peter began to sink… and Jesus drew Peter to himself and held him. God will be right there with you if you fall, but wouldn’t you rather dare to step out on the water? (Matthew 14:22-33)
So shift your focus. Change your thinking. See the positive. Walk into your land of milk and honey. Claim it. Do not let the enemy trick you into missing the opportunity and goodness God has set before you. Rest in the reassurance that God Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth, Name Above All Names, Glorious King, and our Father in Heaven is fighting for you!
Here’s to your health!