March 1, 2011

In for the long haul

Filed under: Uncategorized — andykiff @ 9:59 pm

Number 14:9 Don’t turn against the Lord! Don’t be afraid of the people in that land! We will chew them up. They have no protection, but the Lord is with us. So don’t be afraid of them.”10 Then all the people talked about killing them with stones.

Joshua and Caleb were men of faith in the middle of a faithless crowd.  They saw amazing opportunity where others saw only obstacles.  They spoke crazy positivity when the others were full of negative self-image.  They were prepared to stick their necks out and were almost killed for it.

What amazes me about these two is not their boldness, their faith or their optimism.  It’s that, having been faced with such opposition, they stayed.  They stuck with this crowd of unbelieving cowards rather than heading off in the other direction.  So often, when there are differences of opinion in a church, people decide to go their own way when they don’t get their own way.  Joshua and Caleb stayed, not because they agreed with the others, but because they knew that had You had promised great things to Your people and the believed they would live to see them.  Like Moses, whilst they may have despaired of their fellow Israelites at times, they stayed with their people.

Lord help me to have this attitude when things happen I don’t agree with, even if I’m convinced I’m in the right.  Help me to remember above all that I belong with Your people, doing Your will.


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