Whose Report Do You Believe?
“And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored…” (Numbers 13:32 NIV)
The negative report that the ten spies brought back changed the history of the people of Israel. Despite the fact that God had delivered them from slavery and from the hand of Pharaoh, they chose to listen to the majority report—which in this case was wrong—and it resulted in unbelief. As a result, that whole generation wandered in the wilderness for forty years; and all except Joshua and Caleb, who had brought a good report, died without setting foot in the promised land. Sadly, the unbelief of the people had knocked them out of the box.
We may want to criticize the Israelites, but aren’t we the same? Has God not saved us, provided for us, answered our prayers, and given us great promises? Do we choose to believe those promises, or do we ignore and reject them as the Israelites did, looking at circumstances instead of Jesus, who is the author and finisher of our faith? Do we have the kind of faith that says, “I don’t care what I see; God’s going to take care of me”? Let’s ask the Lord to give us faith to believe, not the report of the naysayers or the circumstances around us, but the report of the Lord and his promises for his children!
Read Numbers 13 to learn about the twelve spies that God had Moses send out to explore the land of Canaan.