72. Trust in God's power

The twelve scouts went out to explore the Promised Land, the land of milk and honey promised to them. They came back and confirmed exactly what God had said, it is a beautiful wonderful land! Indeed a land of plenty and they brought back the fruit to prove it. But then they continued with their report of the land.

'But the people living there are powerful, and their cities and towns are fortified and very large. We also saw descendants of Anak who are living there!' Numbers 13:28

'The land we explored will swallow up any who go to live there. All the people we saw were huge. We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak. We felt like grasshoppers next to them, and that is what we looked like to them!' Numbers 13:32, 33

They were scared to death! It was only Joshua and Caleb who wasn't. They believed in the power of the Almighty God and knew that with Him by their side, the so called 'giants' will evaporate into thin air. But the other ten scouts didn't believe that. They couldn't see further than the natural, they only saw the problems ahead.

It is actually amazing to think that they didn't trust God enough to take them into the Promised Land. They saw the ten plagues in Egypt, they saw God parting the Red Sea for them, they saw the miracle of the daily food that God provided for them, they actually heard His Voice and they saw Him moving with them every day in the form of a cloud/fire. They saw everything and yet they didn't believe in His power.

This made me think of the disciples too. Jesus performed the miracle of feeding five thousand men with only five loaves of bread and two fishes and the disciples were amazed. Right after that He sends the disciples away on a boat and He went up into the hills to pray. A storm came up and the disciples were in trouble. Jesus saw that and walked on the water to them, and when He climbed into the boat, the storm ceased. The disciples were amazed when they saw this, but notice this astonishing verse right after this event:

'They still didn't understand the significance of the miracle of the multiplied loaves, for their hearts were hard and they did not believe.' Mark 6:52

Really shocking if you think about it. And this proved to be true, for just a while after this, Jesus wanted to feed four thousand men and notice the reaction of the disciples:

"How are we supposed to find enough food for them here in the wilderness?" His disciples asked.' Mark 8:4

Amazing. They just saw the miracle of Jesus feeding five thousand and of Him walking on water and calming a storm and yet they didn't believe that He could feed these four thousand! They didn't truly believe in His power to help them at this stage. And the same was true of the Israelites, they have seen God at work and yet they didn't truly believe.

And I find myself sometimes in that position too. Sometimes the 'giants' in my life, the obstacles coming my way seem insurmountable, and I forget of all the various times that God has helped me in my life in the past. I forget that He is faithful and true. I forget that He told me to go on this path and that He will make everything work out according to His good Will. We need to look past the natural and into the supernatural. God wants to lead us unto new heights, but we need to let go of our insecurities and fears. He is Almighty and powerful and He can do anything. Believe it!

Father, thank you very much for our Promised Land that You want to lead us into. Please forgive us if we are scared and do not trust in Your power. Take our hands and lead the way. Thank you Jesus. Amen

1 comment for “72. Trust in God's power”

  1. Gravatar of LouinaLouina
    Posted Friday, December 13, 2013 at 9:39:39 AM

    Thank you Ilze, just what I needed to hear again! Thank you for being obedient!

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