Yes, ... but! Ever heard those words in tandem? How often is the next sentence something positive? In Numbers 13:27-28 we have a “yes, but” paragraph that leads to very severe consequences. God had promised Moses and the Israelites that He would bring them back into the land that He had promised their father Abraham over 400 years before. God had told them that it was a land that “flowed with milk and honey.” God had performed incredible miracles for them already in bringing them out of Egypt and making supernatural provisions for them on their journey. Yet when they came to the borders of the promised land the vast majority of the people were very reticent. They wanted to know what was really in that land before they got too carried away. Here in Numbers 13 we read that God told Moses to send the 12 spies into Canaan, however when we read Deuteronomy 1:20-23 it appears that the original idea of spies came from the people . . . who were afraid of what they may be getting themselves into if they believed the Word of the Lord.

The twelve spies spent 40 days looking things over. When they returned they had to admit, yes, it is a land of milk and honey . . .just like God said (Number 13:27) BUT . . . or as the KJV says, nevertheless . . . and then they begin to list all of the obstacles that they believed would keep them from being successful in accomplishing the possession of the promised land. They saw giants. They saw huge walls around large cities. They saw lots of very strong people. They did not see God. Their eyes were on the difficulties instead of the God who had brought them there. Unbelief always sees the obstacles, faith always sees opportunities.

As Christians, we are admonished to learn from the Israelites mistake. We are admonished to enter in to the complete rest that Jesus has provided for us (Hebrews 3-4). As believers in Jesus Christ, we are heirs of many incredible promises, BUT in order to obtain those promises we must be like Caleb and Joshua who saw opportunities for the power of God to work!

What is it that God would like to do in your world today? Why not just take Him at His Word and walk on in faith?

Suggested Readings To Read Through The Bible In A Year

Fri.     March 11, 2011   Num. 12-13, John 8, Psalm 64, Proverbs11

Sat.    March 12, 2011   Num.14, John 9, Psalm 65, Proverbs 12

Sun.   March 13, 2011   Num.15-16 , John 10, Psalm 66, Proverbs13

Mon.  March 14, 2011   Num. 17-18, John11, Psalm 67, Proverbs 14

Tues. March 15, 2011   Num. 19-20, John 12, Psalm 68:1-18, Proverbs 15

Wed.  March 16, 2011   Num. 21-22, John 13, Psalm 68:19-35, Proverbs 16

Thur. March 17, 2011   Num. 23-24, John 14-15, Psalm 69:1-15, Pr 17