“They told him, ‘We came to the land to which you sent us. It flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. However, the people who dwell in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large. And besides, we saw the descendants of Anak there.’…But Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, ‘Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.’ Then 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 are.’” Numbers 13:27-31
At the Israelites’ first glance of the Promised Land, it was clear that this was impossible for them to accomplish. The people were great in strength and number. The cities were fortified. The spies described it as “a land that devours its inhabitants” (Numbers 13:32). Only a few had faith to believe that the God of Israel would be able to give them the land, that He would be faithful to His promise.
How often do we give in to anxiety when something seems impossible? We get a glimpse of God’s calling or we find ourselves on a more difficult path than we think we can handle, and our heart fails us at the sight. Because God doesn’t call us to things we can accomplish alone. He wants to lead us down roads that display His glory, His strength, His sovereignty in our lives. He wants us to see how great He is and how faithful to fulfill His promises.
Our faith needs to be such that we respond as Joshua and Caleb did, telling those who gave in to fear and despair, “The land, which we passed through to spy it out, is an exceedingly good land. If the LORD delights in us, he will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land that flows with milk and honey” (Numbers 14:7-8). These men believed that God would see them through. And when the Israelites finally went into the Promised Land, God was amazingly faithful. He led them to battles they could never win on their own, and they conquered because God was with them. As long as the people looked to Him, believed in Him, had faith that He would provide and would not fail, He proved Himself faithful. “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him” (2 Chronicles 16:9).
We may not feel that we have the strength for a certain task or for the path ahead. We might see what’s in front of us and believe it to be too big or too daunting. But our God is able to accomplish all of His purposes. He will enable us to do all that He calls us to. Even if that calling is simply to believe Him. To trust that He is being faithful when we can’t see it. When it hurts. When it challenges us. When it seems to require abilities that we just don’t have. He is enough. “I love you, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold” (Psalm 18:1-2).