READ: Numbers 13 and 14 (lots of reading, but worth it!)
Numbers 14:36-38 (NKJV) "Now the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land, who returned and made all the congregation complain against him by bringing a bad report of the land,37those very men who brought the evil report about the land, died by the plague before the LORD.38But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh remained alive, of the men who went to spy out the land."
As we humans age, there are typically two responses to onslaught of death from those people experiencing this chapter of life. The first type of person will view their last days as useless and unfruitful; that is, it is not worth their time to live another day. The second person will view their last days as a chance to serve the Lord. When approaching their final hour, they will delight in hearing familiar Bible passages, prayers, and sermons. It is the spiritual eyes of the these people that allow them to see through the problems of death and get a glimpse of the glory of Christ as it will be in heaven.
There were also two groups of people in Numbers 13 and 14 who had spiritual eyes for godly things. Todayís text tells us that twelve spies were sent out to explore the Promised Land. All 12 saw the lush, green, fertile areas that the land contained and how valuable it would be for the nationís agriculture. But 10 of them were intimidated by the size and number of the hostile people who lived there. They said it would be impossible and stupid to invade. The other two spies, Joshua and Caleb, however, insisted that with the Lord on their side they could take the territory. By faith they saw God beyond the obstacles.
As Christians, what do we focus on? Do we ask the Lord to give us His eyes? Or do we see only the size of our problems and miss the greatness of our God?
Faith Lesson: Only the Lord can give us 20/20 spiritual vision in this sin-filled world.
Submitted by Richard