“Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel…”, the Lord said to Moses in Numbers 13:1. After spying out the land for forty days, their reviews on a travel site would have looked like the following:
“It flows with milk and honey.” [5 stars]
“Lots of fruit…plump and juicy!” [5 stars]
“Cities are magnificent, but a bit overwhelming.” [3 stars]
“Land devours it’s inhabitants. Unacceptable!
Will not return!” [1 star]
“Locals are of superior height and build. We felt very uncomfortable…like grasshoppers!” [1 star]
“Exceedingly good…surpassed expectations. Will definitely visit again.” [5 stars]
The sheer magnificence of the land and cities within the homeland God intended for His people, inspired wonder within Caleb and Joshua…awe-inspiring wonder at what God could do…and would do…to make this land their land. That awe-inspiring wonder turned into confidence…the firm belief in God’s capabilities…that enabled them to proclaim, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it…If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us…Do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land…their protection has departed from them; and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them.”
The people chose to heed the negative reviews and passed on the destination of a lifetime…literally. The Lord informed the ungrateful, unbelieving crowd (Numbers 14:1-4) in Numbers 14:32, “Your carcasses will fall in this wilderness…Your sons will be shepherds in the wilderness forty years, and bear the brunt of your infidelity, until your carcasses are consumed.”
Are you wandering aimlessly, hoping and expecting that God will remove all the giants before you’re willing to follow His path and discover His plan and purpose for you? (Ephesians 2:10, Jeremiah 29:11) Are you looking for a less challenging way…one that doesn’t involve struggle? Whether you choose to follow God’s path or blaze your own trail, know that along either, you WILL face giants. God’s path often involves a struggle within ourselves, against the giants of fear, uncertainty, relinquishing control, and change. However, on God’s path, He walk with us. He who is “…Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Exceptional guide qualifications!) (Isaiah 9:6) When we choose to blaze our own trail, we often face the giants of regret, guilt, cyclical dysfunction, loss of direction, and falling short of where we hoped to be…or who we hoped to be. On top of that, we often struggle with the consequences that come from poor decision-making due to our limited knowledge of what lies ahead.
Poet, Robert Frost, penned these legendary words in, The Road Not Taken, “…Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” There are far less ‘wonderers’ than there are ‘wanderers’ in this world. Will you be a ‘wonderer’…filled with belief that God will guide you through the struggles and battles along the path, into His ‘promised land’ where your heart will feel at home? (Psalm 32:8, Jeremiah 33:3) Or, will you be a ‘wanderer’…wandering aimlessly as you blaze your own trail through unknown terrain, forever trying to create what feels like a home, yet unable to attain the peace, confidence, and security that comes with truly being at home? (James1:7-8)
written by Renée Kelso Faith