Last Sunday, I heard a sermon discussing the Twelve spies of Israel going into and returning from the promised land, Canaan. Ten came back with an “evil” report, two returned with a report of faith. In Numbers 13, Caleb stood up and told the crowd God said they could take the land promised them, but the Ten responded with fear, ridicule and faithlessness. Unfortunately, Israel believed the report of the scared and deceived and paid a heavy price because of it.
What we witness in this story are the perspectives of two differing mentalities: the mentality of Egypt and the mentality of Canaan. The Ten had the eyes of Egyptians, placing other idols above God and refusing to believe their Lord had given them the sworn victory. The eyes of the Two were those of the land of Canaan, seeing only the promises of God and paying no attention to the threats of man.
What we are observing today is a similar contradiction.
The masses, the “Ten”, see only the deception blanketed so thickly around them. They feel the fear and tempting guarantees pushed from high places like the White House, CDC, WHO, powerful politicians and famous celebrities. They see numbers, supposedly, skyrocketing and therefore turn to man to protect them, to keep them safe, to tell them everything will be okay, they need only comply.
The few, the “Two”, see the problem, because yes, of course there is a problem, but they also know the solution to any problem is not man, it is God. The Two hear the guarantees but know they are lies, feel the fear but know such feelings have no place in their lives. The Two try to make the Ten see clearly but are pushed to the side and told to be silent.
I am part of the Two.
I cannot even begin to understand the mindset of the Ten. I know what God has said, I know the Word is true, I know the book of Revelations is beginning to unroll before me, that the very elect are starting to be deceived. It is absolutely impossible for me to look at what is happening in the world and think man can fix it. As I look, I do not feel fear, rather, I feel sad.
I am sad we are so quick to forget the promises of God.
I am sad we belittle those of differing opinions.
I am sad it is commonplace to cast down any opposing thought.
I am sad we are so scared for our lives we have stopped helping save the lives of others.
I am sad the church is no longer the city set upon a hill, salt and light to save the world.
I am sad Christians are acting just as faithless, scared, fearful, manipulated and deceived as the masses, that they have become one of the Ten and it is the rare few who can claim they are part of the Two.
Again, I am part of the Two.
I will continue to keep a Canaan mentality.
I will continue to look at the Word as TRUTH.
I will continue to stand against the evil so apparently settling among us.
I will continue to keep my focus on helping the lost, scared, hurting.
I will never stop proclaiming the Word of God as the ONLY solution to the world’s problems.
I will never allow myself to make decisions based off fear and public opinion.
I will look to God ALWAYS and I will never put my faith in man.
I am part of the Two.
“And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.” –Numbers 13:30