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 that they made you forget the idea altogether?
Most likely, there have been a few times. Other people’s thoughts seem to have a large amount of influence on the choices we make. But it’s a bad idea to make decisions based strictly 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” which He had planned for them to possess (Numbers 13 -14).
When the Israelites heard how big and mighty the people of Canaan were, they were discouraged. They were told that they were no match for them, and since the children of Israel agreed with this report, they began to think themselves 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 fell dead except for the children, Joshua, and Caleb (Numbers 14:30-35).
It’s easy for us to shame the Israelites for their foolishness, however we may sometimes find ourselves in similar situations.
For instance, there may have been a time when we believed that God wanted us to apply for 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 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. So, maybe we lost hope and decided it wasn’t a good idea after all.
It may have 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 and not our own.
We can do nothing of our own selves. It is in Jesus that we live, move, and have our being. It is not in our power that we accomplish anything, but it is by God’s power and God’s spirit.
He is not a man, so He does not lie. Therefore, if God has promised us something, we can grab a hold of that promise and believe it with a strong, unwavering faith, knowing that some way and somehow, 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 God’s report that says you are able? Are you trusting Him when He tells you He has already given it to you?
Can you stand on His word that declares that He will fight for you and 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 need to do is have enough faith in our God to go up and take it.
So, be strong! Be courageous! For, the Lord your God is with you! 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.”