In my previous blog post, I wrote about Confronting our Fears.
In Number 13: 31, 32, the informants saw their opponents as stronger than themselves. This is the key reason why they felt hopeless and helpless. At that point, in their assessment they did not factor into the equation God’s presence and God’s assistance. They had forgotten that God was the one who had led them that far.
Because of the crippling fear that the environment was so big and intimidating, the previous account of the good produce in the land (Number 13:26,27) was distorted and then the 10 spies presented an ‘evil report of the land’ (Number 13:32 KJV). The opponent most likely was strong, but the Bible has reassured us that ‘greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world’ (1 John 4:4 KJV).
Similarly as we go through our situations, in the areas of our lives where we previously believed that God had called us to move forward, are there things that we now identify that are causing us to second guess God’s calling and His leading in our lives?
In life we are always in need of ensuring that we do not let our fears distort the reality. The good news is that once we are aware of this, we can ask God to give us the right perspective and the objective assessment of each situation. This is also key for us to address real issues in the environment, with the view of going forward as God ordained.
Then instead of seeing the magnitude of the opposing environment, we would see the providence and provision of a faithful God; instead of seeing ourselves intimidated by a big world (which many times can be very non-supportive to what God is calling His people to do), we would see the world subjected to our God who made the universe.
The focus of the next blog post will be Devalued view of Self.