Numbers 13v27-33, 30
“We came to the land to which you sent us. It flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. However the people who dwell in the land are strong and the cities are fortified and very large … We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are … The land through which we have gone to spy is a land that devours its inhabitants and all the people we saw in it are of great height … We seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them” … Then Caleb quietly the people and said, “Let us go up at once. We are well able.”
Henry Ford said that if you think you can or if you think you can’t, you’re probably right!
Ten spies returned from the Promised Land insisting it was all too hard. They died in the wilderness.
By contrast, Joshua and Caleb returned from the Promised Land insisting they were well able to enter it. And they did enter it.
Both groups – the ten spies, and Joshua and Caleb – had the same God and faced the same challenge. The difference was confidence.
If you lack confidence you will, more often than not, be beaten before you start. A lack of confidence may even prevent you from even trying!
Israel had been spectacularly delivered from Egypt and miraculously led through the wilderness. They had every reason to be confident that the God who had led them this far would continue to give them victory.
You and I have been spectacularly delivered from sin and miraculously filled with the Holy Spirit. We have every reason to be confident that the God who has led us this far will continue to give us victory.
Don’t let go of your confidence in God. It has great reward!