“Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will swallow them up. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.”Numbers 14:9
Moving from dry Colorado to humid Virginia, we had to change the way we gauged heat in the summer months. Instead of looking at an outdoor thermometer, we follow the heat index to see how to prepare for our day. Heat index combines actual air temperature and relative humidity to determine the perceived temperature—in other words, how hot it feels.
Moses sent twelve spies into Canaan to gauge the land that God had promised them. They were instructed to see what the land, people, cities and soil were like, and then return with an accurate environmental report so Moses and Aaron could decide how to prepare for the land that God had promised them. Two of the spies, Joshua and Caleb, held out hope. “The Lord is with us!” they said. But the other ten spies added fear to their report, creating a perception that they were like grasshoppers in their own eyes. Instead of entering the “exceedingly good” land, God’s people wandered in the wilderness because they refused to believe in God, His love and His plans for them.
Is fear intensifying the heat you feel? Repent, believe and turn to Jesus, “That times of refreshing may come from the Lord” (Acts 3:19).