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The Logic of Faith vs. the Logic of Fear

Weekly Devotionals

The Logic of Faith vs. the Logic of Fear

“They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran. There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land. They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan.” Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.””

‭‭Numbers‬ ‭13:26-33‬ ‭

“The Lord said to Moses, “How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the signs I have performed among them?”
‭‭Numbers‬ ‭14:11‬ ‭

Soon after God delivered Israel from slavery to the Egyptians and parted the Red Sea and gave them the 10 commandments, they had the opportunity to enter the Promised Land right away.  Moses sent 12 spies, one from each tribe, to explore the land.  What you just read is their report to Moses and the people.

What was the difference between the 10 spies who said they shouldn’t go in and the 2 (Caleb and later Joshua) who said they should go in?  Fear vs. Faith.  For the 10, it made complete sense not to go in.  When you’re enemy is bigger and stronger, which you can clearly see, then you take inventory of your ability vs. theirs.  Logic led them to conclude that it’s impossible to go in and take the land.

For Caleb and Joshua, they were working with a different logic.  To them, it made complete sense TO go in.  The source of their logic, however, was not based on their physical eyes, but on their spiritual eyes.  It was built on their history with the God who saves.  Literally is just a few months ago, that God destroyed Egypt with 10 plagues and led them through the Red Sea on dry ground!  And now, they are faced with a new challenge.  But rather than fixating their eyes on the size of their enemy, they fixed their [spiritual] eyes on the God who saves.  The Lord was far larger in their imagination of faith than the enemy.

The question for us today is, “Who’s bigger in your eyes?”  The Lord or your problems/obstacles?  Don’t feed on your doubts and disappointments.  Feed on the Word of God which fuels our faith!  Let us not treat the Lord with contempt as the Israelites did by not believing in Him, in light of all that He has done!  Review your history with the Lord.  Surely, He has done great things!  And He’ll do it again!