Today’s Scripture: And they came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs. Numbers 13:23
The children of Israel were given this task of spying out the land in order to test their faith. The twelve spies went in, and what they found was amazing. The fruit was so large that it took two men and a pole to carry one cluster of grapes. This land was incredible! Sometimes we need to see things for ourselves, and I think that this is part of this exercise of faith that God is sending them. It is like God was trying to tell them, “Look, this is what I told you it would be – an amazing land!”
This was the God that had freed them from the bondage of Egypt, the most powerful nation on the earth, by doing incredible miracles. They could see the awesome power of God with their own eyes. Then, they went to being trapped by the Red Sea with Pharaoh’s army right behind them. They were about to be obliterated when God opened the waters of the Red Sea and provided a dry passage. As soon as they were safely on the other side, the waters closed on the Egyptian army.
They had seen God’s power and might on display during their wilderness wanderings. They had seen water come from a rock. When they were in danger of starvation, they had eaten bread that had miraculously appeared on the ground. God had provided over and over. They knew God was powerful and capable of providing food, water, and protection for them.
Now they were ready to go into the land that God had promised them. They had seen the bounty that God had given them. The land was theirs for the taking. All they had to do was exercise faith in a God Who had proved Himself faithful.
Are you struggling with a decision to do right? Maybe you know God is calling you to do something for Him. Look back on His faithfulness in your life and know that you can trust Him with your future.
Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.