“However, the people who dwell in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large. And besides, we saw the descendants of Anak there.” Numbers 13:28
There isn’t one of us who would say that they don’t desire to have perfect joy in the Lord, freedom from sin, and rest in his protection. If we have tasted the promise land of God’s grace, our hearts are continually longing for it, yearning to taste the fruit of God’s blessings and dwell in the power of His presence. Israel was so close to the land of their inheritance that they could send spies in. And the spies saw a land flowing with milk and honey. But they also saw a land filled with giants and fortified cities. So instead of losing everything to gain their kingdom promised to them, they became deeply afraid. Believer, much of our Christian life is spent camped in the wilderness outside of God’s kingdom. We want to enter into the land he promised us, but we know to do that we must face the giants and fortified cities occupying the land. Some of us have giants of doubt and pride, others face fortified cities of abuse and addiction. Despite the longing of our heart to be with Jesus, we can’t seem to get beyond the fear of facing our own giants. Just as Israel forgot the promise made to Abraham and to Isaac and to Jacob, we often forget that Christ promised us life through him, victory over sin, and joy regardless of circumstance. So let us enter in trusting in his promise, that whatever giants are keeping us from his presence, God can and will overcome them.
Lord Jesus, give us strength in you to face all the things keeping us from your rest. We love you and want to enter into your peace!