Perception: “But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” – Numbers 13:31
Reality: “I know that the Lord has given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you.” — Joshua 2:9
How many times have I swore that I could not do something or thought a situation was impossible? How many times have I rejected the call of God to go and tell someone about Him because “there is no way they would ever listen to me or even entertain the thoughts of God entering their heart, mind, and life?” After reading these two verses it is abundantly clear: If God has asked you to do something, He has already paved the way for it to be done!
Rahab was a prostitute. She knew the men of her town’s hearts because they came to visit her . . . probably often. She heard them tell the stories they had heard of the parting of the Red Sea and the plagues God sent to Egypt. These men knew that there was something special about the God of Israel. When the spies from Israel came to visit Rahab, they weren’t looking to receive her services, God had sent them there to save her and her family.
Just like us, she had only heard the stories of the greatness of God and all that He does to save His people. The stories were enough to make her believe, leave her place of comfort, and go with God’s people.
Lord, help me to always focus on what is really true. I’ve been convinced along with others that 2021 will be worse than 2020. I refuse to believe it. 2021 takes You not by surprise. May Your people come to really believe Your truth! Truth is what You say in Your word. Thy word is truth! When my mind wants to race with impossibilities, let me not convince others of my own opinion like the spies who brought back a bad report to Moses. I will believe the report of the Lord! Like Caleb, may I immediately say in my heart, “Let us go up at once and possess it, for we are well able to conquer it.” Let this be a year of true belief for those who love you and are called according to Your purpose. Amen