Sunday, February 8, 2009

The Eyes of Faith

Focus verses: Numbers 13:1 - 14:10

God's promises are sure. He promised the land to the Israelites and told them to go explore the land he was giving them. So they went, one from each tribe. And they believed the eyes of their flesh. They knew the promise, but came back with a report that they were unable to take the land from those who currently occupied it.

At least that was the report from ten of the twelve spies. Joshua and Caleb came back and said the Israelites were well able to take the land. Not because of the strength of the Israelites, but because of the promise of God going with them into the land.

The Israelites paid with forty years of wandering for believeing the eyes of flesh rather than seeing with the eyes of faith. And none of the generation that had witnessed the miracles of God entered the promised land, except for Joshua and Caleb, who continued faithful.

When we are faced with a crossroad in our lives, do we believe the eyes of faith or the eyes of the flesh. I don't mean that we ought not look realistically at a situation. However, if we have a commission from God to do a certain thing, we need to move ahead as if victory were certain -- because it is.

The victory belongs to God because it comes from His sovereignty. When we believe in our own strength or weakness and forget that God is ultimately in charge, we get confused. Then we are led astray by visual perception, rather than being victorious in our God.

Father, God,

Grant us the vision to see the vision You have for us. Give us the courage to walk in that faith and the perserverance to keep on keeping on when things look bleak from a human standpoint.
In Jesus' most precious name.

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