Sunday, February 17, 2013
Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” ~ Numbers 13:30
Two years after leaving Egypt, the people of Israel reached the outskirts of their future home. Twelve spies were sent on a mission to check out the promised land. Ten returned to tell Moses there was no hope of occupying the land God promised them. Some of the Canaanite inhabitants were 8 feet tall and appeared impossible to defeat. The two optimists, Caleb and Joshua, believed in God's promises. The others did not. This led to 38 additional years wandering in the desert. In the end, the only people from the original group to enter the promised land were the optimists, Caleb and Joshua.
I do my best every day to remain optimistic no matter how big my giants or how challenging my tasks. The promised land is in front of us and I hear Caleb's voice in my head saying, "We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it." Are you with me?