Day 22: Moses and the Twelve spies

Numbers 13

Here we see how our approach and attitude towards obstacles play a vital role in conquering them. Twelve spies went out to see the land God had promised the Israelites. Before they embarked on this journey they sought the Lord’s guidance and he gave them the go ahead.

Ten of the spies came back with an evil report focusing on the obstacles they saw. Two spies Joshua and Caleb came back with a positive attitude saying they could conquer the land. These two men were “different.” They had a different disposition, a different focus on life, and a different attitude towards God and his work. What were some of the attributes of their attitudes?

(1) Faith. They said, “We are well able to overcome” (Numbers 13:30). They believed in themselves, in their fellow Israelites and most importantly in their God.

(2) Confidence. Concerning the Canaanites Joshua said, “The people are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the Lord is with us” (Numbers 14:9). They had the confidence in the outcome of this undertaking, because they knew they were doing the will of God.

(3) Courage. Joshua said, “Fear them not” (Numbers 14:9). He was not afraid of the giants, the walled cities or the strength of the people.

(4) Action. Caleb said, “Let us go up at once, and possess it” (Numbers 13:30). Positive people say, “Let’s go and do it now!”

(5) Thankfulness. They understood the land was a gift from God, a blessing due to his delight in them (Numbers 14:7-8). True appreciation for one’s blessings will lead to action and obedience.

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