This weekend I was reading the story of the 12 spies for the umpteenth time, and I was shocked to read something I had never noticed before, something we don’t sing about with the grade school kids.
All 10 spies who explored the promised land and came back with a bad report about it were “struck down and died of a plague before the Lord”. (Numbers 14:36-37 NIV)
What cute little hand motion do you use for that?
God sent them in as spies to see a land that was “exceedingly good”, and they came back with only a vision of giants and impossible cities to conquer. They were filled with fear, which they shared liberally with all their friends.
A capital crime in God’s judgment. Twelve men went to spy on Canaan, ten were dead and two were good.
After reading this story with fresh eyes, I very quickly took stock of where God seems to be leading me and what perspective I have of it. Paul says, “We live by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7) I’m taking that a little more seriously today.
As you scout out the tasks God seems to be putting in front of you, are you going in with eyes of faith or fear? Answer carefully.