“The destiny of every human being depends on his relationship to Jesus Christ.”
When asked to give a report on the exploration of Canaan, God’s promise land, ten out of the twelve spies focused on the negative and hooked into their fears. Their response influenced the rest of the Israelites to weep, grumble, and rebel, even to the point of wanting to return to slavery in Egypt. But Joshua and Caleb responded differently. “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. If the Lord is pleased with us, He will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us” (Numbers 14:7-8).
Caleb and Joshua answered Moses and the community through their eyes of faith and they spoke what they knew was true. The truth was: 1) The land was extremely good, 2) When God is pleased with their obedience then He will lead His people into the land He promised them, and 3) God will give them the land.
Like Moses, Joshua and Caleb, had a closer relationship with God and knew Him better than the rest of the Israelites. Their assessment of the land was more accurate because they had a greater revelation of God’s character.
Moses, Joshua, and Caleb knew:
- God gives His children exceedingly good things and He’s able to do immeasurably more than all we can imagine, according to His power. (Ephesians 3:20)
- God delights in leading His children into His destiny for them.
- God gives His children their destinies. They’re a gift from Him and don’t need to be earned. Destinies simply need to be received and opened.
Likewise, when we know who God is and who we are in relationship with Him, as His sons and daughters, then we know He is for us and is a good, good, Father. The result is we’ll assume the position of a victor and take the land He’s promised to us.
Going after God’s destiny, isn’t always a piece of cake. The Israelites still had battles to fight after they crossed over into Canaan. So too, there may be difficulties as we take possession of our promise land and fulfill our destinies. But it will be well worth it.
“Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice.”
- What truth(s) do you need to focus on to give you eyes of faith and the determination needed to take possession of your promise land?
- How can you identify with the Israelites’ response?