God’s ability

Numbers 13:30-31: But Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.” Then the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are.”

While Caleb, in full cognizance of the ability of God, said that the children of Israel should move forward to take over the Promised Land, the rest of the group who went to spy the land (with the exception of Joshua), disregarded God, (only looking at who they were) and said it is not possible to take it over (Numbers 13-14).

Faith and fear are divided by a thin line: trust in God or lack of it. The only reason Caleb said: “we are able to occupy it, we are able to overcome it,” was because he had the understanding of the power of God; he recognised the place of God in the life of the Israelites.

The Israelites were a bunch of rough rag-tag people with zero war experience; it was unthinkable to believe that they could successfully confront the enemies, entrenched in the Promised Land.

However Caleb believed God against all odds. And God testified that there was another spirit in him, he was different.

Can you be like that? Can you be different in this generation? Jesus said when he came back to the earth, would he find faith on the earth (Luke 18:8)? Caleb exhibited faith, refusing to follow the multitude in disbelieve.

Caleb considered the power of God and not the inability of the children of Israel. He witnessed the power of God in Egypt, not the least being the division of the red sea which allowed the children of Israel to pass through it on dry ground. They enjoyed free meal, millions of them, and drank water supernaturally brought from a rock.

Twelve people were sent to Canaan to view the land for proper planning about how to take over the place and not so that they will draw back in fear because of what they see there, which they did, and God judged them with 40 years of wandering in the wilderness.


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