Twelve men went to spy out the Promised Land. The land that God had specifically set aside for His people. It wasn’t a question of if He gave it to them, but rather when He would give it to them. Twelve men, did the recognizance trek. The Book of Numbers chapter 13 chronicles their trek. Ten came back with tales of evil giants and insurmountable challenges. They slandered what was to be God’s promise for His people. There was no way Moses could carry out the mission. Not with all these hurdles!
“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.” Caleb and Joshua were not blind to the fortified cities or the powerful enemies that Canaan held. It was a conscious decision to overlook what was evident, see beyond the challenges and choose to see the “fruits” of this land of milk and honey.
Twelve men went, saw, and came back with different reports. The majority believed it could not be done. The minority did. Imagine the looks on the ten’s faces when Caleb and Joshua came back singing a different more hopeful tune. Get with the program. Don’t rock the boat. Don’t make any waves.
Visionaries walk a lonely experience. You walk alongside people you call brother and friend. You reach your destination. You see the same thing. Yet at day’s end, your vision is not theirs. You’re a mother figuring out the education system. A husband debating on what’s the next move for your family. A college grad at wit’s end about career expectations. We all have a Canaan Land that God has promised us. Question is, what do we see when we get there?
Are you focused on the giants or the fortified walls? Or can you see beyond that to the flowing milk and honey?
Joshua and Caleb would be the only ones to enter the Promised Land. Their faith, tenacity, and seeing beyond the obvious propelled them into their destiny. They were richly rewarded for their obedience.
“But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.”