I learn so much from the lives of the people whose stories are told in the Bible.
They are so much like us.
I am convinced as I talk with women of all ages that one thing is a common pitfall in our lives, it may be called many things, but the root stem is... fear.
Once again, a few thoughts from the sermon of David Jeremiah on Sunday morning. I qoute him again since FEAR and SLAYING THE GIANTS, was the title of his sermon and it fit my thoughts perfectly.
He reminded us of the 12 spies sent ahead to scope out the promised land as the Israelites were finally about to enter the land, to be sure all was well and to figure out the best way to enter.
It stuck with me!
Remember, this was the land that God had promised, He had lead the Israelites through every kind of trial and hardship on this journey, away from slavery, and to the land He was giving to them. He had proved faithful in every need along the way. This was to be a land filled with milk and honey and beauty and good things...
All 12 spies came back having viewed the same sights within the promised land.
10 came back and said 'no way! it can't be done! there are big walls and huge giants everywhere!
Joshua and Caleb, the other 2, came back with a totally different perspective. They said yes, there are walls and giants, but... we can DO this thing!
10 of them viewed the promised land and all the problems to be faced... in their own strength, and knew that the giants were too big...
2 of them had the same view, but saw the obstacles as possibilities because of God's strength...
And we know what happened...
they took the word of fear of the 10 witnesses, and spent 40 years wandering in the desert!
What a lesson for us!
Fear is disobedience.
Slice it or dice it anyway we want to, it speaks to the heart of how we trust God.
I was so challenged by this word today and I hope you are too.
There is no circumstance that comes our way that God does not know about. None! And when I really 'get a hold' of that, my own faith soars.
Satan would have us think that the obstacles are valid reasons not to trust God for the hard things... they are too big, this one can't be done, etc.
Don't buy it!
I am wondering just what kind of freedom and break through would come to us if we completely took God at His word, and simply trusted Him.... no fuzzy feelings, just faith. Faith that stands up and says NO... God has said!