To “try” carries risk. As we stare at the the task presented in front of us, we evaluate the possible outcomes.
How will I benefit from proceeding?
Why is it worth the investment?
What are the consequences if I succeed? ….if I fail?
What’s holding me back?
As we reflect on those questions, we cannot forget to listen to God’s voice as we discern.
And we cannot forget God’s promises as we leap forward.
“Is anything too hard for the LORD?” (Gen 18:14)
Yet, as we put a foot forward, the terrain in front of us looks daunting. How can I possible navigate through this?
Caleb was among a group sent by God to survey the land they were about to inhabit.
“When Moses sent them off to scout out Canaan, he said, “Go up through the Negev and then into the hill country. Look the land over, see what it is like. Assess the people: Are they strong or weak? Are there few or many? Observe the land: Is it pleasant or harsh? Describe the towns where they live: Are they open camps or fortified with walls? And the soil: Is it fertile or barren? Are there forests?” (Numbers 13:17-20)
The terrain didn’t keep them from going back. Their fears did.
Caleb interrupted, called for silence before Moses and said, “Let’s go up and take the land—now. We can do it.”
But the others said, “We can’t attack those people; they’re way stronger than we are.” They spread scary rumors among the People of Israel. They said, “We scouted out the land from one end to the other—it’s a land that swallows people whole. Everybody we saw was huge. Why, we even saw the Nephilim giants (the Anak giants come from the Nephilim). Alongside them we felt like grasshoppers. And they looked down on us as if we were grasshoppers.” (Numbers 13:30-33)
Caleb refused to be held back by the fearful voices surrounding him. He sought the voice of his God who sent them. As a result, the others missed out on God’s opportunities for them.
What are you being sent to try? Which of God’s promises will carry you forward?
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