Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | July 31, 2017

Moving Away From What Doesn’t Serve Us Well

“Of those men who went to spy out the land, only Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh remained alive.” Numbers 14:38 (ESV)

 

Twelve courageous men, one from every tribe of Israel, embarked on the assignment of a lifetime. Their job was go into the Promised Land and check it out.  To go ahead and observe.  To study the people.  To learn about the land and vegetation.  To find out what the enemy was like.   To see if the land was fertile or unproductive. To bring back to the people the fruit of the land.   And they followed  Moses’ instructions exactly covering approximately 240 miles.  Exploring every inch, making mental notes of everything they saw and gathering pomegranates, figs and grapes.

Forty days later, the twelve returned.  “Here is some of the fruit from the land,” they exclaimed.  “We went into the land where you sent us and it is flowing with milk and honey.”  The peoples’ hearts were encouraged, but then they heard the devastating news – the people were strong and their cities well protected.  Paralyzed with fear, the Israelites doubted God’s provision and longed for their perceived safety in Egypt.  Bondage appeared better than conquering new territory with God.

Isn’t that just like us?   Freedom can be a scary place when the abundant life appears to be an elusive dream.   Confusion, fear and the frustration of moving away from what we used to be can appear overwhelming if we zero in on the enemy.  Doubt can overtake us if we listen to the wrong voices and become paralyzed with the fear of moving away from the very things that haven’t serve us well.

Love the way Joshua and Caleb chose to stand apart from the other ten.  Love the way they encouraged the people and reminded them of God’s promises.  Love the way God honored them – the only two out of  twelve who experienced the greater glory found in trusting Him completely.

Sweet friends let’s be among those who don’t give up, cower or complain.  Let’s be Joshua and Caleb encouraging others to leave the familiarity of perceived safe and embark on a journey toward freedom. Let’s cheer them on, walk beside them and remind them of God’s amazing love and grace. Let’s never lose sight of God’s power and strength to overcome and fulfill His promises.

“Father, You empower Your people to be victorious over sin leaving behind what doesn’t serve us well. Teach us to seek the greater glory found in trusting You alone.”

 

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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