"Christ was a man of prayer, even leaving large crowds and seemingly unequaled opportunities to get alone and fellowship with God. And it should be no different with us. In a place where it's so easy to rush around each day preparing ourselves for the future, we need to remember that our future is nothing apart from Him." -- from a college magazine
We must trust that God is in control of our livesThis is where my journey is. Trust. Trust. Trust. Do I TRULY trust? Or like Streams in the Desert states: Quiet tension is not trusting, but simply suppressed anxiety! -- from Angela's blog many weeks ago
And on the theme of trust, there was this referencing the twelve spies Moses sent into the land of Canaan.
How can 12 men, all seeing the same thing, return with such contrasting perspectives? The answer to this question is of utmost importance to us today, because it speaks to the heart of almost every reason why some Christians shrink back in fear while others march forward in boldness. It has nothing to do with a good or poor self-image, or whether or not someone has achieved 'self-actualization.' It has everything to do with our beliefs about God and our thoughts on who He really is.
Ten Israelite spies thought victory was impossible because they believed success was dependent upon their own strength. They thought that the giants were too big, too strong and too many, and that the consequences of fighting the giants would be worse than the consequences of treating God with contempt.
The other two spies believed victory was possible because they knew success was dependent upon God, not themselves. They were convinced God was greater than an entire universe of giants. These two men feared the consequences of disobeying God more than they feared the giants in the land. They put their faith fully in the Lord, and He blessed them for it.
Del Tackett -- Focus on the Family newsletter -- September 2006
I never considered that the ten spies who gave a negative report were somehow "treating God with contempt," did you? I love that the idea that the other spies "believed victory was possible because they knew success was dependent upon God, not themselves. They were convinced God was greater than an entire universe of giants." I want to be like that!