So what began as a group of misfit slaves – rescued out of the powerful grip of Egypt – crossing the Red Sea in dramatic fashion – has now become a full-fledged nation on the brink of marching into a land God has promised to give to them as He builds them into a nation which models the life He has always meant for humanity to live. They have spent the past 2 years at the base of Mt. Sinai where the LORD poured into them various laws and details to train them for what is to come.

Finally, in chapter 13, we find the nation encamped at Kadesh Barnea – just outside the desert of Paran. God instructs them to scout out the land in order to find the best routes – strategic strongholds – portions of land which they can use to their advantage as they possess Canaan. Moses obeys God and selects 12 spies (one from each tribe) to go into the land and scout it out.

40 days later – they return… with mixed results.

Ten spies claim things look grim. “But the people who dwell there are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large; moreover, there we saw the sons of Anak [of great stature and courage].”Num 13:28 AMP  (The Amplified Bible notes here that this was probably the first time these people had ever seen walled cities – having grown up in the Land of Goshen in Egypt).

While ten of the twelve spies saw negativity and fear – two spies saw something much different.

Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once and possess it; we are well able to conquer it.” – Num 13:30 AMP

All 12 spies saw the same land – yet they came back with conflicting reports. The 10 saw the land through the lens of fear and doubt – while Caleb (and Joshua) saw the land through the lens of the Promised Blessing.

Looking through fear and doubt brings on a grasshopper complex (vs 33) – but looking through the Blessing brings faith!

Caleb – unlike the others – placed his trust in God and HIS ability. He wasn’t confident based on anything they could do – but he was confident on what God had said HE would do. Caleb had years of examples now to back up what he believed. Egypt – the Red Sea – Manna – Quail… the list goes on and on where God has rescued them, provided for them, and led them to this very spot! By forgetting all of this – the 10 spies saw their situation as hopeless. And as the old saying goes… “God makes all the difference between cowards and Calebs.”

All of us face situations like these 12 spies. Although we “know” what God has said – when faced with a huge obstacle it is easy to forget and start hopping around like a grasshopper! Instead – stand on the Promise you have received (just like Caleb) and watch the LORD move on your behalf!

Be Fruitful & Multiply,

PK

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