Missing Out for Fear

Numbers 14:22-23 Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice; Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it:

TheĀ IsraelitesĀ have just refused to go and take the promised land. When the spies came back ten of them talked about how big the giants were and how impossible it would be to take the land. The Israelites listened and believed their report and allowed fear to keep them from going in and taking the land that God had promised to give them.

These are the same people that have seen God do so many miracles in their lives. They saw God defeat Egypt both by all of the plagues and then in the Red Sea. They saw God provide food for them everyday out of no where. They have seen God give them victory over all of their enemies so far. They have seen so much and yet when faced with the promise of God they allow fear to over take and keep them from God’s blessings. God wanted to and would have given them the land and victory over the giants, but they allowed fear to keep them from trusting God.

How often are we like the Israelites? We also know just how great God is. We have seen God do great things in our lives and through Scripture and yet how often do we allow fear to keep us from trusting Him? How often do we not go after what He has told us to do because we fear what it will cost us? How often do we miss out on God’s blessings because we allow fear and unbelief to keep us from doing what we know God would have us do?

Let us put aside fear and trust our great God!