Numbers 13 recounts what happened when Israel camped on the outskirts of Canaan, God told Moses to select one man from each of Israel’s twelve tribes to go in and scout the land that God had promised to give to them. Ten of those men saw giants; two only saw their giant God!
So . . . what do you see as you face your “Canaans” today? Are you more focused on the obstacles you are facing or on Omnipotence? Do you trust that He will overcome all those obstacles as you move toward the land He has promised you? Are you more focused on your problems or on the Prince of Peace?
We all need to be reminded daily that it is not the size of the giants we face in life that makes the difference in how our lives work out, it’s the size of our God! And our God is bigger than any giant we will ever face. From the boardroom to the locker room to the family room, we all look toward our own “Canaan,” and we can become deeply discouraged if we focus on the wrong things. We can let the giants of life get the best of us, just like the ten spies did who convinced a nation to live by sight rather than by faith.
Joshua and Caleb saw the same giants and fortified cities the other ten spies saw, but they chose to focus more on the size of their God than the size of the giants that stood in their path. They had seen God deliver Israel from 400 years of bondage in Egypt. They walked through the Red Sea on dry ground and saw the pursuing Egyptians swallowed up by the sea. They knew that nothing was impossible with God!
Can the same be said about you today? Regardless of whatever trouble you are facing in your personal “Canaan,” you are not facing it alone. You face it with a God who is bigger, stronger, and wiser than any giant you will ever encounter. Because the Israelites listened to the ten spies who focused more on giants than on their God, they wandered in the wilderness for forty years. Wilderness wandering is reserved for those who shift their focus away from God and put it on the giants of life.
But this is not for you! The cure for whatever “Canaan” you are facing is to remember that greater is He who is in you than the anything that is in all of creation. You have His Word on it!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!