3/12/16: He Promised; We’re Able


While watching the TV show Undercover Boss, I noticed how encouraged the employees were when the CEO of the company identified with them. The people respected the fact that he had spent time in the trenches with them. He had experienced what they were going through. Now they appreciated his compliments and believed his promises. They knew he had their best interest at heart. They were well able to go on, empowered to do their best for him and the company.

God spent time with the children of Israel. He broke them out of Egyptian bondage, parted the Red Sea for their passage, drowned Pharaoh’s entire army before their eyes, caused water to gush from rocks, rained manna down from heaven, and sent flocks of quail for them to eat— on and on it goes in terms of God providing for them. He wasn’t an undercover boss either; His presence was visible to them as the cloud and pillar of fire residing with them and leading them every single day. You would think those folks would easily be empowered to do their best for Him and trust Him. Think again.

When it came time to actually possess the land God had promised to them, they wimpped out. In Numbers 13 – 14, when God told Moses to send men to spy out the land He was giving to them (13:1), ten of the twelve came back with a discouraging report. Oh yes, the land was truly flowing with milk and honey just as God had said, but the people in the land already were strong, the cities were fortified, and there were giants that caused them to look like grasshoppers in their own eyes. Only Caleb and Joshua were the opposing voices. Caleb said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it” Numbers 13:30 (NKJ).

The end of that story is sad. Because the people insisted upon believing the negative report, they succumbed to fear and refused to stand on faith. They rejected God who had traveled with them all this time—God who had never once let them down. They were embittered against Him rather than empowered by Him and all except for Caleb and Joshua missed out on entering the Promised Land.

Remember today all that God has promised you. Be patient. Habakkuk 2:3 says, “For the vision is yet for the appointed time; it hastens toward the goal, and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; for it will certainly come, it will not delay” (NAS). Be encouraged. God will bring to pass all that He has promised. And the part you have to play? Go up; take possession, for you are well able to overcome it.


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~ by sanewriter on March 12, 2016.

One Response to “3/12/16: He Promised; We’re Able”

  1. Nice!

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