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Weekly Devotionals

A Different Spirit

Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it- Numbers 13:30 b

When Moses sent out his twelve spies to the Land of Canaan, the majority report easily outweighed the minority consensus. In all probability, Moses sent out his best men for this crucial espionage; sadly, the sole essence of their report was, “there we saw the giants and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.” When the rest of the Israelites heard this report, they fainted in their hearts, complained and rebelled. History doesn’t record the names of any of these spies for they were cowardly, unbelieving, rebellious, and failed to trust the Lord.

On the other hand, Caleb and Joshua tried to resurrect the plummeting hopes of the Israelites. Caleb, in particular asserted that they could easily gobble up the Canaanites not because they were stronger than the giants, but because the Lord was on their side. The call to wholeheartedly follow the Lord almost led to Caleb and Joshua being stoned. In Numbers 14:24, God himself testified of Caleb, “But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it.

God rewards and remembers those that go to enormous lengths to trust in Him; He never abandons them that are willing to wholeheartedly make Him their fortitude even when the slightest possibility of triumph seems elusive.

Contributed by Paul V. Kumar

 

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