Scripture: Numbers 13:27-29
Thus they told him, 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. "Nevertheless, the people who live in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large; and moreover, we saw the descendants of Anak there. "Amalek is living in the land of the Negev and the Hittites and the Jebusites and the Amorites are living in the hill country, and the Canaanites are living by the sea and by the side of the Jordan."
Insights: Whenever the Lord gives us a new assignment it is wise to investigate and research as many aspects regarding the assignment as possible. As we conduct our inquiries we are going to learn some positive facts, as well as, some negative facts. The Israelite spies came back and reported to the people the truth in regards to the land that was flowing with milk and honey. They even brought back grapes to show the fruitfulness of the land. At the same time, they also reported back about the people of the land and the cities in which those people lived. At this point in the report, they have done nothing wrong. They are just telling the facts of the situation. Beloved, it is important for us to remember this truth whenever we begin a new campaign for the Lord. The Lord is the One who gives us the instruction to go and then we obey. As we are going we use our gifts and talents to examine the situation. From these observations we will learn both positive and negative aspects in regards to the Lord’s commission for us. What is at stake, however, is how we respond to the information we have acquired. The rest of this week we will focus in on the two types of responses we can give in regards to the information obtained.
- Are you able to accurately assess your situations you are about to face?
- Do you focus more on the positive or the negative aspects of your assessment?
Prayer: Father, forgive me when I focus more on the negative aspects of Your commands and grant me the ability to see with Your eyes. Let me see what is truly possible in the midst of every situation and challenge which lies in front of me. Amen.