NUMBERS 13:1-3: “ADONAI spoke to Moses saying, “Send some men on your behalf to investigate the land of Canaan, which I am giving to Bnei-Yisrael. Each man you are to send will be a prince of the tribe of his fathers, a man from each tribe.” So according to the word of ADONAI, Moses sent them from the wilderness of Paran. All the men were princes of Bnei-Yisrael.” TLV
OBSERVATION: How am I looking at life? The account of the 12 spies sent out from Israel to survey the Promised Land is a great reminder of the fact that I can view life as a glass half full or as a glass half empty. And as a child of God, this is much more than a call to positive thinking. It is a call to active and tenacious faith.
Hebrews tells us,
- “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of realities not seen. For by it the elders received commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen did not come from anything visible.” Hebrews 11:1-3 TLV
We tend to focus on the very first statement in these verses. Yet, this is not the key to an understanding of faith. The real definition is found in verse 3 – “By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God…”
This is the essence of faith, and this is the difference between whether I see this life as a glass half full, or a glass half empty. The story of the 12 spies is not about what they saw, it was about what they chose to believe. Were they going to believe the Word of God that He had given them, or were they going to believe their insecurities and fears. What was the Word of God?
- “Send some men on your behalf to investigate the land of Canaan, which I am giving to Bnei-Yisrael. “
The Lord did not call them to investigate the land to see if it was good enough to take. Nor did He ask them to investigate the land to see if it was the land they would like to take. The Lord called them to investigate the land that He was giving to them. Or, through the eyes of faith, that He had already given to them!
Ten of the spies decided not to believe the Word of God. Only two embraced the Word of God in faith. In life we have this choice every day. We can look at life through the promises of God or we can look at it through the eyes of our own insecurities and fears. How we listen is how we will view life. Only Joshua and Caleb were listening to God, the other 10 were listening to their insecurities and fears.
- “Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “We should definitely go up and capture the land, for we can certainly do it!” But the men who had gone up with him said, “We cannot attack these people, because they are stronger than we.” They spread among Bnei-Yisrael a bad report about the land they had explored, saying, “The land through which we passed to explore devours its residents. All the people we saw there are men of great size! We also saw there the Nephilim. (The sons of Anak are from the Nephilim.) We seemed like grasshoppers in our eyes as well as theirs!” Numbers 13:30-33 TLV
There is something that faith and doubt have in common. They are both highly contagious! How we are affected is determined by what is driving our hearing. If I am driven by insecurity and fear, I will become infected with doubt. If I am daily abiding in the Word of God, spending time in His presence, and continuing in prayer, I will be infected with faith. And what I allow myself to be infected with will determine how I view today, tomorrow, and the rest of my life.
Am I viewing life as an adventure or as an uphill climb? Am I waiting for the next block to drop, or I am anticipating God’s next open door? Am I grumbling over what I do not have, or am I rejoicing in the blessings that I have been provided? Do I see the impossible as an opportunity to experience the power of God, or as the call to quit?
It all is determined by how I hear, see, and understand the promise of God.
Lord, open my eyes to see, give me ears to hear, pour our Your Holy Spirit anew upon my life. Today I choose to believe You! Today I choose to see life as the joyous opportunity of walking in Your grace!
Today I choose a Good Report!
In Jesus Name!