How many times have you gone online to check out the reviews of something that you were interested in, only to find the remarks so horrendous and frightening that it made you forget the idea altogether?
Most likely, there have been a few times. Other people’s thoughts and conclusions seem to have a large amount of influence on the paths we choose in life, but it’s a bad idea to make decisions strictly based on anyone’s personal opinion – including our own.
Here’s an example. Because they believed a bad report from the ten faithless spies, God did not permit the children of Israel to enter into the “land flowing with milk and honey” that He had given them (Numbers 13 -14).
When the Israelites heard how big and mighty the people of Canaan were and that they were no match for the Canaanites, they agreed with the report and began to think themselves to be too small and too weak to take on the people of that land. They felt that if they attempted to do so, it would mean a death sentence for their children.
God had already sworn to give them the land, but they chose to believe the opinions of a few fearful-hearted people who lacked faith and understanding, rather than believe the word of God.
As a result, they forfeited something wonderful. They missed out on the Promised Land. Instead, they were sentenced to roam around in the wilderness for forty years until every one of them, except for the children, Joshua, and Caleb, fell dead (Numbers 14:30-35).
Now, weren’t the Israelite’s actions silly? It’s easy for us to shame them for this foolishness, however we may sometimes find ourselves in a similar situation.
For instance, there may have been a time when we believed that God wanted us to have a specific job, but we felt like we weren’t good enough, didn’t have the skills, or maybe someone advised us against it, so we didn’t pursue it.
Maybe God gave us a desire to go back to school so that we could advance our career, but someone reported to us how hard it was for them, so we became skeptical. Then they pointed out how much harder it would be for us, trying to juggle children, school, and a full-time job, and not to mention the financial burden that would tag along with the extra school expenses, and we lost hope and decided it wasn’t a good idea after all.
It may have also been something else, but regardless of the situation, the truth remains the same. We won’t get far in life if we don’t trust in God’s ability to get us where we need to be. We can do nothing on our own. It is not in our strength that we accomplish anything, but it is by God’s will, God’s power, and God’s might.
He is not a man, so He does not lie. Therefore, if we believe that God has promised us something, we can grab hold of that promise and believe it with a strong, unwavering faith, knowing that somehow and some way, He will bring it to pass. It doesn’t matter how difficult it may seem. Even if it looks impossible, we still believe, for we know that our God is able.
If you are facing any obstacle or dilemma today, don’t be tempted to settle for someone else’s opinion without measuring it against the word of God. Be careful not to lean on your own understanding and low opinions of yourself. Instead, trust in the Lord with all your heart and acknowledge that He is good, that He is God, and that He is able to deliver on His promises.
Do you believe His report that says you are able? Are you trusting Him when He tells you He has already given it to you? Is your faith in His word that declares that He will fight for you and that you already have the victory? If God has already promised it to us, then it’s as good as done. It’s already ours. All we have to do is have enough faith to go up and take it.
So, Be strong! Be courageous! For, the Lord your God is your strength! Go up and take your land! Enjoy the milk and honey.
“they certainly shall not see the land of which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who rejected Me see it. But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it.”
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