There was a vast and plentiful land of promise awaiting the children of Israel.
Most of us are familiar with the story.
The Isrealites had been in captivity for over four hundred years and they were experiencing freedom at last.
They had seen the Red Sea part before their very own eyes.
The enemy that had provoked and pursued them for years now, had drowned, never to bother them again.
Even before that, they had watched the miraculous hand of God bring disasters and plagues, even death, upon their enemies and yet, they, remained, untouched.
So, now, facing the promise land head on, the spies went out to search and find if it, indeed, was everything they had been dreaming of.
Twelve went out and twelve returned, but the vision was not unanimous.
“When they returned from spying out the land, at the end of forty days, they came to Moses and Aaron and to all the congregation of the sons of Israel in the Wilderness of Paran at Kadesh, and brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the land’s fruit. They reported to Moses and said, “We went in to the land where you sent us; and it certainly does flow with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. But the people who live in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified (walled) and very large; moreover, we saw there the descendants of Anak [people of great stature and courage].
Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession of it; for we will certainly conquer it.” But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people [of Canaan], for they are too strong for us.” So they gave the Israelites a bad report about the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we went, in spying it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants. And all the people that we saw in it are men of great stature.”
NUMBERS 13:25-28, 30-32 AMP http://bible.com/1588/num.13.25-28,30-32.amp
Two of the spies took part in a solution, but the other ten remained a part of the problem.
We become part of the problem to progress, when we constantly speak of the negative in everything. The ten could only seem to focus on how big the enemy was and how fortified the land seemed.
Joshua and Caleb, however, chose to focus on how big their God was and how if He said they could have it, then they could.
Was God not the same God who had anhiallated the enemies behind them? Surely, He was the same God of their future.
But the negativity of the others caused a great set back. Joshua and Caleb finally entered the land of promise, after forty years of the negativity died off in the wilderness.
So, I’m asking this question to myself today….
Am I a part of the problem, by complaining and murmuring , and giving all the reasons why not……
or, am I a part of the solution-
constantly striving for the promises, and reminding others that, the God of Our past victories will still be the same God of our future.