Summary: God provided a way to be victorious in any situation that comes along in life.
YOU CAN OVERCOME
Numbers 13: 1-3, 25, & 30
In this scripture Moses is doing what God had told him to do. He was sending some men, one from each of the twelve tribes of Israel to go into the land of Canaan and check out all that was there and then report back to the people.
Moses told them which way he wanted them to travel and to go upon a certain mountain and look at the land. (Sometimes you just have to survey your situation.)
Before we get too far, I want to call your attention to the fact that God told Moses to send them to the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel.
I want you to hold on to that thought-------that God said He had already given the land to them.
Moses said I want you to look at the land, what it is, and the people that dwell therein, if they are strong or weak, few or many.
See if the land is good or bad, and what kind of cities they dwell in, if they live in tents or strongholds. (You see, it matters where you live.)
He said I want to know if the land is fat or lean, if there is wood on it or not, and bring me some of the fruit of the land.
The Bible says that the time was the time of the firstripe grapes.
In Hebron they came to the brook of Eshcol and cut off a cluster of grapes, and hung it on a pole so two men could carry it because it was so big.
We don’t always hear about this, but they also brought back pomegranates and figs.
After being in the land for forty days they returned back to the camp, went to Moses and Aaron and to all the children of Israel and showed them the fruit of the land.
They said we went to the place you sent us and the land surely flows with milk and honey, and this is the fruit of it.
But the people are strong that live there and the cities are walled and very great and we saw the giants.
And Caleb quieted down the people before Moses and said, let’s go up at once and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.
For just a little while I want to share something with you. God had right up front told Moses that He had given the land to them. But they sent spies over just to look around. (Sometimes folks just want to look around at God’s promises and try and check them out.)
God had freed them from bondage in Egypt, delivered them from their enemies, and now brought them to the border of a wilderness experience and a life of joy and plenty and they couldn’t just receive it. ( Why couldn’t they just go on in?) (Because the spirit of the world was holding them back.)
They had to explore what was there first. Worried about what problems might face them. Not trusting God again. Surely if He promised the land to them it would be something good and worth having.
Even worth fighting for if the need be.
The problem was the same old problem that faces the child of the King in the hour in which we live. DOUBT AND FEAR!
They saw the promised land, they knew that it was good and food was plentiful, they had the promise, but still they couldn’t cross the river.
Ten out of the twelve of them doubted. Much the same as today I predict.