Depending upon how you were raised, parents give advice, guidance and warnings as you grow up. Some of the common phrases of my generation were “think before you speak, open mouth insert foot” and simply “think.” These words suggest that sometimes your mind gets in the way.
But the men who had gone with him said, “We can’t attack those people! They’re too strong for us!” – Numbers 13:31
In the Old Testament, God had promised Israel a new land flowing with milk and honey. Before entering this place, Moses sent out a team to explore this region. Known as the 12 Spies, only two brought back a positive report. The other ten were misled by minds gripped with fear. This first glance underestimated the power of God as their minds got in the way.
Caleb told the people to be quiet and listen to Moses. Caleb said, “Let’s go now and take possession of the land. We should be more than able to conquer it,” Numbers 13:30.
In the end, the voices of Caleb and Joshua were silenced by the majority. However, if you want to overcome doubt, leaders must raise their voices to convince the feeble and weak. The next time you hear a crowd minimizing the power of God, step out in faith to persuade the masses. If you don’t the human mind will get in the way, leaving you outside of the blessings God has in store for you.
by Jay Mankus