It’s been my experience that when someone complains and whines, finds fault and never seems to be satisfied, there’s a something deeper going on. And usually, if you ask enough questions, you’ll find the root cause is fear – fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of abandonment. You name it, and fear is probably at the bottom of it. You might say fear is the opposite of faith; the enemy of trust.
Fear certainly got a strangle-hold on ten of the twelve men that Moses sent to spy out Canaan. Instead of speaking words that would embolden and encourage others in the community, the ten planted seeds of doubt – whole rows of them. Have you ever had a seed like that planted in you?
Trust is tough; I won’t kid you on that. We’ve all had times when we’ve trusted someone or something, only to have it go south on us. And it hurts. It takes a long time to heal – if ever. Forgiveness and reconciliation don’t come naturally. But in our chapter this week in The Story, the Israelites didn’t have a single example of why they shouldn’t trust God. He had done miracle after miracle for them, given them more than enough reasons to trample on their fears – and walk boldly with Him by faith.
Choice is a powerful thing, isn’t it?
Pastor Sean reminded us on Sunday, “God is more concerned with who you are becoming than where you are going.” So, what choices are before you today? Whose voice is leading you? My prayer is that it sounds something like Caleb’s… “We should go up…for we can certainly do it.” Let the seed of trust in our wonderful God put down deep roots in your heart!
“Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:10