Stepping Into Faith

Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had explored the land, tore their clothes and said to the entire Israelite assembly, “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. Numbers 14:6–8

Joshua and Caleb stood their ground. Though the entire assembly around them grumbled in anger and unbelief, Joshua and Caleb stayed true to You, the one they knew who kept his promises. In the end, they were the only two out of that generation allowed to enter the land You promised to give.

It is never easy to bear others’ criticism or rejection when standing for the truth. In fact, the more vocal the opposition, the more tempting it is to either switch allegiances or hide what we know in silence. But Joshua and Caleb’s story call Your people out of cowardice. If I don’t stand with You, I don’t stand at all.

 

Is Your Arm Too Short?

The Lord answered Moses, “Is the Lord’s arm too short? Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you.”Numbers 11:23

Barely out of Egypt, the Israelites began grumbling against Moses—and ultimately You, God—for taking them out of captivity and into the nearby desert only to starve to death. You provided manna each day and when they people began complaining about the manna, you provide more!

You—the One who had leveled Egypt with ten devastating plagues—the One who had parted the Red Sea to provide a way for Israel’s escape—wasn’t worried. You knew You had the power to save them in the desert, just as he had in Egypt. But the real question was: Why didn’t they?

So You spoke to the root of their unbelief. “Is the Lord’s arm too short?” he simply asked. It unearthed the question hidden in my soul. Are You really enough? Can You possibly provide all that I will ever need? Then You answered: Quail, too numerous to count, blew in from the sea. You had provided, as You promised You would. Yes, Your arm was—and is—long enough!