Numbers 13:26-31
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. 27 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. 28 But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. 29 The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan.”
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.”
31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.”

Having arrived on the edge of the Promised Land, Moses sends spies ahead to scout out the land. The report they bring back is great, it is a land flowing with milk and honey just as God had promised BUT the occupants are strong giants living in fortified cities. They stand no chance of victory. God’s defeat of the armies of Pharaoh is clearly forgotten. How often are we faced with the same choice, trusting in our God’s promises or backing off in face of the troubles we perceive. I believe we’re called to be optimists like Caleb, for what problem or obstacle is there that God cannot overcome?

Father, give us the gift of faith so that we see what you can do and so have the courage to follow.

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