Why can’t I stop this? I know the promises. I can recite some of them by memory. I am united in faith with those who believe as I do. I know my promised land is right there. I have spied it out. I am walking it out.
As I wait. And wait. And wait. And wait. Something happens and the chatter starts rearing its ugly head. Yet again. My mind becomes like a gerbil spinning on her wheel. Round and round and round I go thinking and thinking and thinking. Then I somehow forget all the promises I know and start to rehearse the giants over and over and over again.
Then I quickly get off the wheel and run to my Word. Yeah, right! Let’s just say I’m getting better at spending less time in that rat race.
Remember the story of Joshua and Caleb and the ten others sent by Moses on a spying expedition? Moses sent them to check out the Promised Land. The men came back from their trip and confirmed the land surely flowed with milk and honey. In fact, they brought back evidence of fruit. But ten of the men also came back talking about how big the giants were and how there was no way they could possibly take the Promised Land. Joshua and Caleb saw things differently.
Imagine Joshua and Caleb’s conversation, amongst themselves, as they spied out the Promised Land.
Hey man, why you looking all crazy like that? Remember what we heard, man. This. is. our. Promised. Land. Don’t look at the giants. Yeah, they appear stronger than us. Don’t look at the circumstances. I know. I know. They make us look like grasshoppers to them BUT remember the message. This is our Promised Land! This is the Almighty’s promise to us! Let’s stay united in the faith, man. United in faith!
Remember God’s will and purpose for us, man!
Imagine as Joshua and Caleb take each step on their expedition that they are walking with absolute trust and confidence in God’s power, wisdom and goodness. Holding on to the promises. Not allowing the Word of God to be silenced but instead allowing it to be magnified over everything else seen and heard around them causing them to see things differently.
Imagine Joshua and Caleb bumping into one of the ten spies while on the expedition. The spy begins to talk about all that he sees and his view of the mission. Imagine Caleb whispering to the spy in the midst of the spies report out. It might go something like this: Hey, what is up with you man? Where is your head gear? You did bring it with you? Here. Take mine. Put on these. Now, do you see what I see? Yeah, these “lenses of faith” do wonders for your mind, huh? They change your perspective and even your outlook on things. I mean… You do know?… It is no secret. Faith changes the view.
Be Strengthened and Encouraged in HIM,
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which HE has called you, the riches of HIS glorious inheritance in HIS holy people, and HIS incomparably great power for us who believe. Ephesians 1:18 NIV
…but the message they heard did not benefit them, because it was not mixed with faith (with the leaning of the entire personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in HIS power, wisdom, and goodness) by those who heard it; neither were they united in faith with the ones [Joshua and Caleb] who heard (did believe). Hebrews 4:2b