Wednesday, May 26, 2010

What made Joshua and Caleb different?

I'm on tight deadline crunch this week, so this may be my last post of the week. We'll see. :-)

But wanted to let you know about one of the things I've been ruminating on the last couple weeks. What made Joshua and Caleb different from the other ten spies.

1) They were all selected to go into the Promised Land as spies because they were leaders in their tribes. That suggests to me they had some vision and standing in their communities.

2) They had all just walked through the Red Sea. On dry land. With the water held back by the invisible hand of God. Can you imagine?

3) They'd all just lived the series of miracle and plagues in Egypt. They had seen God's hand at work on their behalf to free them from Egypt. Not once. Not twice. But ten times.

Yet when these 12 walked through the Promised Land, only two could look at that environment and apply what had just happened. So the men are big. Who cares? Our God is much bigger. So the land seems like we'll have to fight for it. Who cares? My God just fought to free from generations of slavery.

Somehow, Joshua and Caleb had the vision to see that if God had moved in the past, He would move now. It was no big deal for God.

Lord, make me like Joshua and Caleb. Help me to see the situation as You do. That You are always bigger and mightier. And that You are more than able to do exceedingly, abundantly more.

1 comment:

Sarah said...

Thanks for the reminder. How easy it is to be a forgetful Israelite.


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