Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Perspective Is Everything

Numbers 13:30-32

"Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses & said We should go up & take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it. But the men who had gone up with him said, We can't attack those people; they are stronger than we are. And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, The Land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size."

Isn't it amazing to see the vastly different perspectives people have in life? Caleb & his buddy, Joshua, looked at life with a God-centered point of view. They saw the giants in the land and believed. Our God is bigger than those giants, and He will fight for us. They trusted God to come through for them. God promised to give the Israelites the land and they trusted Him to fulfill His promise.

The other men had a fear-filled perspective. Their eyes were myopically focused on the challenges in front of them. They must have forgotten what God had already done. They seemed to think they were going to have to fight this battle on their own. Unfortunately, the fear factor spread more quickly than the faith factor. Before long, all of the Israelites were filled with the same we-can't-do-it attitude.

What giants are you facing in your life right now? Are you willing to seek God's help & ask Him to give you the strength you need? Faith grows when our eyes are on the Lord and we trust Him to do what we cannot do on our own. Fear grows when our eyes are on ourselves and we forget God is with us. Let's choose today to keep our eyes on the almighty God who loves us and is with us always!

"We have a God who delights in impossibilities." Andrew Murray

"Faith does not operate in the realm of the possible. There is no glory for God in that which is humanly possible. Faith begins where man's power ends." George Muller

Further reading: Numbers 13:1-33; 14:1-45

Taken from The Power of a Positive Woman by Karol Ladd

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