By Robin Sam
‘…The Lord is with us’ (Numbers 14:9).
WHEN the 12 spies who were sent to Canaan to survey and report on the land returned after 40 days and submitted their findings, the people chose to believe the report of the majority. The report of the minority – of Joshua and Caleb – was not even considered for discussion.
Both groups agreed on one thing: that the land was fertile and it does flow with milk and honey. They were even on the same page about the people and the city – ‘the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large.’ But while Joshua and Caleb were of the opinion that they should go up and take possession of the land, the others disagreed. ‘And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored.’
It is at this juncture that Joshua addressed the nation. ‘…do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.’
Who will you choose to believe today? Those that spread bad reports or those that try to encourage you with the Word of God? Perhaps, your situation is bleak. Are you bothered about that worrisome medical report? Has that relationship reached a point of no return? Does it look like your spouse is incorrigible? Have you lost all hopes for a child? Fear not. The Lord is with you. Lean on Him. Return to His Word – the Bible. Be reconciled with God. Make Jesus your personal Savior and Lord. Meditate on His promises. Claim them. And hand over all your worries, fears and insecurities to Him.
The Lord is with us. Do not be afraid.
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