Pastor Vince brought his message from Numbers 13 this week. He focused on the power of God in our lives in making things change. If it is not our circumstances that are modified, it is often ourselves.
Drawing from the same passage, I would like to reflect on the mindset of the people involved.
“23 When they reached the Valley of Eshkol, they cut off a branch bearing a single cluster of grapes. Two of them carried it on a pole between them, along with some pomegranates and figs. 24 That place was called the Valley of Eshkol because of the cluster of grapes the Israelites cut off there. 25 At the end of forty days they returned from exploring the land.26 They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran. There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land.”
So far, so good. The scouts of Israel find that the land that has been promised is truly an abundant one. But . . .
“31But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” 32 And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. 33 We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anakcome from the Nephilim).” Yes, the land is great, but there are giants. We can’t do it.
Despite coming out of the land of Egypt with power. Despite the parting of the Red Sea, they still had a slave mentality. “We aren’t good enough. We aren’t strong enough. We aren’t big enough.” Does it sound familiar?
But hope is found in the preceding verse, “30 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 saw potential, not doom. He and Joshua were ready and willing to go, not just onward, but right away! No slave mentality here, but faith in what they had already witnessed.
Do we see the giants or the grapes? Do we see strong cities, or the God who divided a sea? Can we, today, look beyond doubt?