God rescued his people from slavery. Through a powerful display, God humbled the Egyptians and set the Israelites free from captivity.
He had promised to bring this people to the Promised Land and now they were within reach. Within a year’s time, they reached the Promised Land.
They sent 12 spies to check out the land. 10 of them came back negative, but only Joshua and Caleb believed they could take the land.
Here was their report in Numbers 13:26-28:
They brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land. 27 And they told him, “We came to the land to which you sent us. It flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. 28 However, the people who dwell in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large.
Did you catch it?
They saw the incredible blessings of the land. They knew of God’s promises concerning the land. They had seen God’s amazing power getting them to the land.
The enemy is too great. The circumstances are too challenging. The odds are stacked against us.
We run into danger when we believe that our challenges are greater than our God.
What is your “however?” We all have one. We see the blessings of faithfulness. We know God’s promises. We have testimonies of God’s work in our lives over the years.
And yet, our enemy seems too great. Our circumstances cloud our vision. The odds keep on stacking up.
- “Sure, God could do that, however…”
- “I want to follow God’s leading, however…”
- “I know that the Bible says that, however…”
Your challenges are great, but they are not greater than your God.
Today, don’t live in the “however’s” of conditional obedience. He is good. He can be trusted. Live like it.
Travis Agnew serves as the Lead Pastor of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is Just (About) Married.