Moses sent 12 spies to explore and report back on conditions in Canaan. This hand-picked group spent 40 days exploring the land. When they returned they reported it was indeed a land flowing with milk and honey. The physical evidence of large clusters of grapes, so heavy it took two men to carry a single branch was proof positive of God’s provision. What Moses told them was true. The promised land was a reality. Their sojourn in Egypt was over and now they could experience the promise. But there was one problem. There were giants in the Land. And not only giants, but fortified cities and enemies all around. Eight spies sounded the alarm, and spread the report that “we can’t go up against them, they are stronger that we are.” Only two men stood up and said, “Let’s go at once to take the land.”
There are always giants in the land. Giant problems, circumstances, challenges, and situations. The stock market is down, unemployment is up; wars and rumors of wars, party unrest, political leaders disgraced, scandals, businesses close, discrimination, infighting, sibling rivalry, loss of life…there are giants in the land.
The two men who stood with Moses and said “Let’s go at once to take the land” had witnessed God’s power and presence during the Exodus. Convinced of God’s word, Caleb and Joshua told Israel let’s go immediately and get our inheritance. They had physical evidence of the fulfilled promise. If God promised it, He would provide it despite “the giants.” Every battle appears to be stronger than we are. But that is not what God told us to do. He told us to go and take the land. He said I will be with you always even to the end of the world. If God is for us, who can be against us? I think the answer to that question is, no one and nothing. In Joshua 1: 6-9; God instructed Joshua, as he assumed the mantle of leadership, to “be strong and courageous.” As servant leaders, we are to take God’s power with us into the land of the giants; into those strongholds and get our inheritance. The promises are true, and there is nothing stopping us from having all that God wants for us. There are no giants in the land bigger than our God.
“Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord.” Exodus 14:13
These words contain God’s commend to the believer when he is reduced to great straits and brought into extraordinary difficulties. He cannot retreat; he cannot go forward; he is shut up on the right hand and on the left; what is he now to do? The Master’s word to him is, “Stand still.” It will be well for him if at such times he listens only to his Master’s word, for other and evil advisers come with their suggestions. Despair whispers, “Lie down and die; give it all up.” But God would have us put on a cheerful courage, and even in our worst times, rejoice in his love and faithfulness. Cowardice says, “Retreat; go back to the world’s way of action; you cannot play the Christian’s part, it is too difficult. Relinquish your principles.” But, however much Satan may urge this course upon you, you cannot follow it if you are a child of God. His divine fiat has bid thee go from strength to strength, and so thou shalt, and neither death nor hell shall turn thee from thy course. What, if for a while thou art called to stand still, yet this is but to renew thy strength for some greater advance in due time. Precipitancy cries, “do something. Stir yourself; to stand still and wait, is sheer idleness.” We must be doing something at once-we must do it so we think-instead of looking for the Lord, who will not only do something but will do everything. Presumption boasts, “If the sea be before you, march into it and expect a miracle.” Faith listens neither to Presumption, nor to Despair, nor to Cowardice, nor to Precipitancy, but it hears God say, “Stand still,” and immovable as a rock it stands. “Stand still;” –keep the posture of an upright man, ready for action, expecting further orders, cheerfully and patiently awaiting the directing voice; and it will not be long ere God shall say to you as distinctly as Moses said it to the people of Israel, “Go forward.”
“If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on your which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you.” Exodus 15:26 NKJV
1. Diligently listen to God
2. Do what is right, not popular
3. Follow His commandments
4. Keep His word
Pay attention to God, and receive spiritual healing, and as He decrees, physical healing as well. What a wonderful promise from our God.
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