Confident in God’s Promises

"Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, 'We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.'" (Numbers 13:30 NIV)

God wants you confident in the truth that, through him, all things are possible.

Every day of your life, you have a choice:

  • You can focus on the bigness of the giants that stand before you, or ...

  • You can focus on the bigness of the one, true God who is pouring his strength into you.

Your focus will determine your behavior, and it will influence your faith.

When the Israelites first approached the borders of Canaan, Moses sent scouts into the Promised Land to assess the situation. Ten of the scouts came back with reports that focused on the giants in the land, men so big and powerful the scouts feared they could not be defeated.

However, two of the scouts remained focused on the promise from God that he would hand the land over to the Israelites. One of those scouts, Caleb, silenced the others when he said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it” (Numbers 13:30b NIV).

He was focused on the magnitude of God, not the magnitude of any giant challenges ahead. Today you may see many giants that challenge your faith — giants of time and energy, finances and resources, fear and faithlessness.

God wants you to be confident that he’s pouring his strength into you so you can do whatever it takes to defeat these giants. God says you can take possession of an abundant life because he is with you.

By seeing his hand sweep away the personal giants in your life, you’ll be even more confident that you can do all things through him who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13).

Talk About It

  • What giants are you facing today?

  • Meditate on the greatness or "bigness" of God. How do your problems compare?

 

Jon Walker is author of “Costly Grace: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer’s ‘The Cost of Discipleship’” and “In Visible Fellowship: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer's Classic Work ‘Life Together.’”

He is managing editor of Rick Warren’s Daily Hope Devotionals and a senior editor at pastors.com.

This devotional © Copyright 2012 Jon Walker. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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