But Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “Let us go up at once and occupy it for we are well able to overcome it.” (Numbers 13:30)
A few days ago I was at a meeting at my church for a youth retreat that my daughter will assist. The meeting room was full of parents and kids excited for the event. In the midst of the joy and cheers the speaker started talking. It was difficult to hear and understand him because he had no microphone and the noise of the crowd made it even more complicated. Parents tried to keep it quiet but for most of them it was a new experience so it was a little hard for them to control their emotions.
Have you ever tried to hear someone speaking in front of a crowd of 150 people without a microphone and understand every word? To be honest for me it was extremely difficult that day. I told my kids to be as quiet as they could but still the noise in the room was so loud that I had to literally focus on the speaker and with difficulty try to read his lips so I wouldn’t miss a single instruction. It was a challenge!
Life has its challenges, especially when it comes to keeping focus on God’s voice; and His instructions. Isn’t interesting how the words of others can quickly blur and deviate us from what we can do or who we can become? Ten out of twelve men that went to spy on the land of Canaan said:
“The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people that we saw in it are of great height. And we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.” (Numbers 13:32-33)
These words caused fear and panic deviating the people of Israel. Soon all Israel was afraid of something that they had not seen. Their fear was caused by the words of others. What are your words causing to those closes to you? Are they causing fear, panic, or discouragement? Think about it, our words can cause fear, but they can also bring encouragement, comfort, strength and life to others.
Caleb, said to the people of Israel:
“…we are well able to overcome.” (Numbers 13:30)
How encouraging are those words? Even I get excited when I read them. In spite of the opinion of the other spies, Caleb decided to take a step forward and silence them. Caleb’s words were bringing peace, strength, and confidence to their hearts so they could overcome the mental obstacles they were facing.
Have you ever had to silence someone that is causing you fear and panic with their words? Have you ever paid attention to what your words are bringing to you and to those around you? We are daughters of a God that brings us hope, comfort, joy, peace, strength, and life through His Word. His Word encourages us to be better; to believe for greater things; to love. Let His example lead us to encourage others to:
My friend, let me invite you to bring encouragement and strength to those around you so they can also enjoy the better life that our Father has prepared for them.
Until next time,
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