If you are like me, you’ve heard the verse of Jeremiah 29:11 countless times as an encouragment to know that God has great plans in store for you, but do you believe it? Do you really believe the words, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Sometimes, especially when life is hard, it’s difficult to believe that those words are true for us.
In the book of Numbers, chapter 13 & 14, we read about the story of Joshua and Caleb. They were two men who were a part of the scouting party from Israel who went to check out the land that God had promised them. Upon their return, the group had lots of wonderful things to say about the land, but all of them, except for Joshua and Caleb, focused on the obstacles in the way instead of on the future promises of God. Here’s what they said in chapter 13:
27-29 “We went to the land to which you sent us and, oh! It does flow with milk and honey! Just look at this fruit! The only thing is that the people who live there are fierce, their cities are huge and well fortified. Worse yet, we saw descendants of the giant Anak. Amalekites are spread out in the Negev; Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites hold the hill country; and the Canaanites are established on the Mediterranean Sea and along the Jordan.”
30 Caleb interrupted, called for silence before Moses and said, “Let’s go up and take the land—now. We can do it.”
31-33 But the others said, “We can’t attack those people; they’re way stronger than we are.” They spread scary rumors among the People of Israel. They said, “We scouted out the land from one end to the other—it’s a land that swallows people whole. Everybody we saw was huge. Why, we even saw the Nephilim giants (the Anak giants come from the Nephilim). Alongside them we felt like grasshoppers. And they looked down on us as if we were grasshoppers.”
In Chapter 14, this is how Joshua and Caleb respond:
6-9 Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, members of the scouting party, ripped their clothes and addressed the assembled People of Israel: “The land we walked through and scouted out is a very good land—very good indeed. If God is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land that flows, as they say, with milk and honey. And he’ll give it to us. Just don’t rebel against God! And don’t be afraid of those people. Why, we’ll have them for lunch! They have no protection and God is on our side. Don’t be afraid of them!”
The majority of the Israelites were focused on the obstacles in the way. As a result, those obstacles grew bigger and bigger in their mind to the point that they let fear take over and keep them from experiencing the promised land. They forgot that God was on their side!
Isaiah 59:1 says, “Surely, the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear.” I love this verse. God is God! He can do anything! He can take care of any obstacle before us. His arm is not too short to accomplish anything!
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Do you believe God wants the best for you? Sometimes when we are facing difficulties, struggles, setbacks and obstacles in life, it’s hard to remember this truth. We may not always know what the best for us is. But God knows, and He is working in our lives to make it happen. You can trust Him!
What is it that you are facing today that you are struggling with? Will you choose today to focus on the promises of God rather than the obstacles in front of you? What promises can you hold on to that will help you in the midst of the difficulty?
Let’s stand together and believe that God has the best in store for us. He has plans for us that are better than we can ever imagine for ourselves. We may have to go through some tough stuff to get there, but God’s arm is big enough to get us through it. Will you hold on to His promises for you today?