Guest Post: Claira Eastwood
Fear. What a scary word, right? For having only four letters, it sure packs in a lot of emotions. Lot’s of people are afraid of things like spiders, the dark, small spaces, stuff like that. The Israelites, on the other hand, were scared of giants.
After Moses had rescued them from the Egyptians, God instructed Moses to send out some people to go and ‘check out’ the Promised Land. Now, remember that this happened AFTER God had performed all of those miracles through Moses, so you would think that by now, the Israelites would have figured out that they had a pretty good deal going on here.
No. Not so much.
Actually, they were kind of the opposite. They were complainers, and when they didn’t get what they wanted, they through their own idea of a ‘temper tantrum’. This always seemed strange to me, seeing as they had just been rescued from slavery, but anyways… when the chosen Israelites were looking at the Promised Land, they discovered giants (really!!) who were already living there. And even though they had God behind them, they ran away back to Moses.
Caleb, from the tribe of Judah, tried to calm them all down saying that they would just go and take the land that was theirs. But the people wouldn’t listen, and began against Moses. God became very angry and told them that they would have to wander in the desert for 40 years. Isn’t that sad? They had spent all of this time trying to get to the Promised Land, and then they have to wait another 40 years to get to it. None of this would have happened if only they had trusted God to do what he was saying he would.
I don’t know about you, but I have fears, and sometimes, I get so scared that I don’t always trust God completely with them. But, the thing is, we don’t have anything to be afraid of!! We have the biggest, strongest, person on our side. God.
“Do not rebel against the LORD, and don’t be afraid of the people of the land. They are only helpless prey to us! They have no protection, but the LORD is with us! Don’t be afraid of them!” (Numbers 14:9).
Related: Listen to ‘Whom Shall I Fear’ also titled ‘Angel Armies’ by Chris Tomlin.