Shortly after seeing the mighty miracles of God the children of Israel desired to go back into captivity instead of continuing in the wilderness trusting God for the unknown. I think they get a bad rap sometimes because truly don’t you and I do the same thing? Captivity is comfortable, captivity is known, you know what to expect even when it is bad. The enemy will use that fear and feed it to grow into unbelief and faithlessness. When we look at our circumstances only with our physical eyes we, like 8 of the 10 Israel spies, will be fearful and doubt God’s promises. We must be like Joshua and Caleb who said Yes we can take it for God has given it to us! How do we know if we are living in the promises of God?
Living in the Promises of God
Are we living or just existing – are we comfortable in our captivity or are we being challenged and stretched? How do we live in the promises of God?
Joshua 1: 7-9 tells us “Be strong and very courageous. Obey all the laws Moses gave you. Do not turn away from them and you will be successful in everything you do. Study this Book of the Law continually. Meditate on it day and night so you may be sure to obey all that is written in it. Only then will you succeed. Have I not commanded you be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
First: we have to observe the Word of God. We need to live a life of obedience to Him.
Second: we meditate on His Word, we cannot obey what we do not know.
Third: surrender our fears to God – we cannot live in constant fear, worry and doubt. Those indicate a lack of trust in Him and will ‘tie His hands’.
Finally: we must prepare for battle. The Promised Land was not given without any action required on their part. It was promised but the children of Israel still had to fight for it. We as Christians are in a daily spiritual battle we must stand firm, trusting God has already given us the victory but not without action on our part. We must deny ourselves, suit up in our spiritual armor (Ephesians 6: 10-18), and follow God in faith.