Friday, May 21, 2010

Is Your God Big Enough?

1 That night all the people of the community raised their voices and wept aloud. 2 All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, "If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this desert! 3 Why is the LORD bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn't it be better for us to go back to Egypt?" 4 And they said to each other, "We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt."
 5 Then Moses and Aaron fell facedown in front of the whole Israelite assembly gathered there. 6Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had explored the land, tore their clothes 7 and said to the entire Israelite assembly, "The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. 8 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. 9 Only do not rebel against the LORD. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will swallow them up. Their protection is gone, but the LORD is with us. Do not be afraid of them."

Question: when you are faced with a seemingly insurmountable problem, where do you turn, and is the God you worship, big enough?  This is a short post, but not a whole lot needs to be said.

Here the Israelites are right on the door-step of the promised land.  They send out 12 spies and all 12 come back with a report of a "land flowing with milk and honey."  However there's a problem.  The land is occupied and its occupants are both numerous and large.  What happens?  10 of the spies focus on the size of the problem, and only 2 of the spies focus on the size of their God.

Now before I get too judgmental about the 10, I must ask myself, "when I face similar difficult or even 'impossible' circumstances, do I more closely represent the 10, or the 2?"  Do you and I believer that God is truly bigger then any situation, illness, trial or obstacle we could ever face?  The 10 focused on their problem being "bigger" than they were; the 2 focused on their God being bigger than their problem.

The key: whenever you're faced with something that seems insurmountable, don't waste your time focusing on how impossible the situation is.  Instead, remember Jesus' words; "with God, all things are possible" and keep your eyes fixed on Him.

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