In the Old Testament, found in Numbers 13-14, we find the story of the 12 spies sent out into the Promised Land under God’s command.
When they returned, all of the spies agreed that the fruit of the land grew in abundance, which was their way of saying it was a land “flowing with milk and honey.”
There was a huge difference in what their plan should look like. Ten spies gave a bad report saying that the inhabitants are too strong and are giants and the cities are fortified, so we shouldn’t go in and take possession of what God has promised us.
There were two, Joshua and Caleb, who said, “We should go up and take possession of the land” and “The Lord will lead us into the land.... and give it to us.”
The people had a choice and had to take sides. They either had to side with the 10 spies or the two. The sad fact is that the vast majority chose to side with the doubters – they chose not to trust God for their future victories.
The truth is we all face battles and obstacles in our lives. We all have times where we have to take sides – trusting the Lord for his promises or choosing not to.
Hebrews 11:6 reminds us that “without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
Just the other day I was praying and the Lord impressed upon me that because of a recent attitude, I was no different than the 10 spies. I had been privately complaining, as well as saying a few things to my wife, that things were not going as well as I thought they should be in my ministry and the church.
By the way I was thinking and by the things I said, I was starting to question God’s future faithfulness. I immediately repented and asked the Lord to forgive me.
Every day we have to takes sides. We either will put our complete trust in God and his promises or decide to start doubting him.