I’m sure you know the story of the life of Moses – how he set the children of Israel free and they journeyed to the Promised Land. But allow me to briefly retell it so you can see what God showed me.
Israel was in slavery to Egypt for hundreds of years until God sent Moses to set His people free. Pharaoh released them after God demonstrated His power through ten miracles. The Israelites were not only set free, but they also left with the “wealth of the wicked.” (See Proverbs 13:22.) All the gold and silver!
God said, “I’ll lead you to a Promised Land that flows with milk and honey.” He didn’t say there would be no challenges along the way. He just said, “I’ll get you there. Trust Me.”
When they left, everyone was dancing and singing, “God is good.” Then they ran into a few challenges. The Red Sea! Pharaoh’s army coming after them! The desert! No water! No food! Every time they faced a problem, they forgot God’s promise to get them to the Promised Land. And they cried out, “We’re going to die! Our problem is bigger than God’s promise.”
Sound familiar? “I know God said, but the Red Sea…” God parted it. “I know God said, but Pharaoh’s army…” God destroyed them. “I know God said, but the desert…” God brought water out of a rock, and food fell every day from heaven.
The Israelites saw God’s power again and again. But they had to learn to grow up and trust God’s power again and again. But when they got there, there were giants in the land. Remember, when God is taking you to your personal promised land, He never promised there wouldn’t be Goliaths, but He is still a giant killer, if you’ll have the faith of David.
So if you watch what happened next, you’ll see God didn’t change His mind, but they actually cursed themselves. Twelve men went to spy out the land. When they came back, ten of the spies brought back a negative report. They questioned the promise that God gave them. “But the men who had gone up with him said, ‘We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we’” (Numbers 13:31). After all that God had done for them, they were still looking at their own strength and not the promises of God. They essentially said, “We are nothing. They are stronger than we are.”
When we see that, we wonder, How could they say that after all God had done for them? But I want to ask you, Do you say the same thing? Cancer cannot defeat you, divorce cannot defeat you, and poverty cannot defeat you. You know why? Because greater is he who is in you than the giant trying to keep you out of the promise land! “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1John 4:4).
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