Num. 13:28 “…..But the people living there are powerful, and their cities and towns are fortified and very large. We also saw the descendants of Anak who are living there!”
Moses had sent out 12 spies to check out the Promised Land. The Israelites were just outside of the Promised Land and were waiting on the spies’ report before they went in to conquer it. God had led them out of Egypt and brought them to their Promised Land. The spies came back with mixed reviews. They discovered that the land was indeed a land of milk and honey, a good place to settle and live in. They had brought back with them a cluster of grapes that they carried on poles, because it was so large. Joshua and Caleb tried to convince the Israelites to march in and take possession of the land. They knew that with God’s help, it would be a pretty easy task.
The other 10 spies were negative in their response. They were overwhelmed by the size of the people and the cities they lived in. They had no confidence at all in their ability to conquer the land; they did not believe God would help them and give it to them. The Israelites had a choice to make. Would they listen to Joshua and Caleb and trust God to give them victory, or would they listen to the negative spies and stay home?
We, too, have to choose whom we will believe. Will we believe what God says He will do and follow Him, or do we doubt His ability to help us and live in fear of failure? Do we obey God and press forward, or do we stand around and do nothing?
God’s promises do come true to those who stand on them and by faith move forward with their eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and finisher of our salvation. God helps those who are on the move, pressing onward until their faith gives way to sight. God will do His part, but we must do ours as well. Blessings and victory comes to those who are on the move, serving the Lord.