Thursday, January 14, 2010
“So they gave a negative report to the Israelites about the land they had scouted: ‘The land we passed through to explore is one that devours its inhabitants, and all the people we saw in it are men of great size… To ourselves we seemed like grasshoppers, and we must have seemed the same to them.’” Numbers 13:32-33 HCSB
Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live. Dorothy Thompson*
Moses must have been flabbergasted. The Promised Land was right there before them, flowing with milk and honey, but the people were afraid to take it. As a consequence of not following the Lord, the Israelites were forced to wander in the wilderness for forty years.
Fear is a tool of the devil. He uses it to turn us into people who only see the problems in life. He uses it to diminish our confidence in the Lord. He uses it to defeat us. He wants us to see ourselves as grasshoppers.
As Christians, we must rise to a new level of faith. We must follow the Lord faithfully wherever He chooses to lead us.
Lord, help me to follow You faithfully even when I’m afraid.