Milk and honey
Numbers 13:26-33 – They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community. There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land. They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large.”
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.”
But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” 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. We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”
The land that Caleb and the others went to explore was the land that God had promised the Israelites. God has promised that there would be abounding fruit, overflowing with milk and honey (a reference to this land’s richness and God’s blessings). When they were spying on this land, they saw giants – huge, strong and powerful people who would definitely put up a good fight for their land should it be trespassed.
I love Caleb’s faith. He had his eyes on the promised land – the milk and honey. He remembered what God has already done for the Israelites to get them this far to the promised land. Surely God wouldn’t just sop here?
The others had their eyes on the opposition, the things standing in the way. They were willing to forfeit the promise because of the giants.
What giants are standing in your way? Is it time? Energy? People? Lack of money? Lack of knowledge, experience or education?
Let me encourage you in saying that no giant is bigger or stronger than our God. The same God who delivered the Israelites to their promised land that was flowing with milk and honey, can and will also deliver you to your promise. Be of faith like Caleb – convinced that you can certainly do it. Be the Caleb in a group of people who can’t see past the giants.