We are built to conquer, solve problems, achieve goals, and we find no real satisfaction or happiness in life without obstacles to conquer and goals to achieve. (Maxwell Maltz)
There are a lot of people who believe that once they have surrendered their lives to God all their giants, storms, and problems will just go away. Most of the time it doesn’t work that way. I truly believe we experience the obstacles of life sometimes because God is more focused on our character than he is our comfort.
Throughout the Bible, we read about great men and woman who knew God, had great faith, but still had to overcome some giants and obstacles. One of the greatest examples of this is found in the lives of Joshua and Caleb.
In Exodus 12-15, God gives Moses a revelation that he will take his people into the Promised land. It is a land flowing with milk and honey (the good stuff). He will settle his people down in this land and it will be the place that he divides them into 12 different tribes. However, before they are allowed to enter this Promised Land, they had to get rid of the giants occupying the land.
A little over two years into the 40 year journey in the wilderness, they sent some spies into the Promised Land to check out who the enemy was.
What I want you to take notice of is this: when the spies returned with their reports, all twelve spies had faith. However only two of them had faith in God; the other ten had faith in the giants. They said the enemies were giants and that their kingdom and could not be overturned.
For a moment, take a personal inventory of how often you put your faith and trust in the giants that arise in your life rather than in the Almighty God. How can we change this thought pattern and keep our faith solely in Him? By reflecting on how God has given us victory over our past giants and obstacles! The Israelites quickly forgot that God had brought them out of Egypt with one of the greatest displays of His supernatural power. As a result of their memory lapse, they wandered the wilderness for many more years.
However, the two that remained in faith and obeyed God eventually got a chance to take a new generation into the land that was promised to them.
My prayer for you today is that you would see your giants and obstacles the way Joshua and Caleb saw theirs and know that regardless of what you are faced with at this present moment in your life, God has given you the victory.
But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, with men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26 KJV)