Devotional: In less than two years, the Israelites had traveled from Egypt and were now close to entering Canaan - the land God had always promised to give them. Before the Israelites could live in Canaan, they would need to go to battle against the Canaanites. So Moses chose twelve spies - one from each of the tribes - to check out the enemies. After forty days of spying out Canaan, the twelve men returned to Moses and all of Israel to give their report.
Read Numbers 13:25-33
Even though God had promised Israel that He would give them the land of Canaan, the size and strength of the Canaanites made ten of the spies afraid. They were so afraid that they told the Israelites “we are not able to go up against the people” (Numbers 13:31). They even said that the Canaanites were so big that they felt like grasshoppers. These ten spies had already forgotten God’s promises and all the good things He had already done for them. Two of the spies, however, trusted in God and his promises.
Read Numbers 14:6-9
Out of twelve spies, Joshua and Caleb were the only two who had faith that God would do what He promised. Sadly, the people of Israel listened to the other ten spies instead of believing Joshua and Caleb. Joshua and Caleb did not allow the attitudes of everyone else to change their faith in God. As a result, Joshua and Caleb were the only two people their age to get to go into the Promised Land nearly forty years later. God rewarded their faith, even though they were outnumbered. God still rewards our faith in Him today.
DISCUSSION: How can you be like Joshua and Caleb and make good decisions even when many other people might make bad decisions?
Prayer: In your prayer, ask God to give you courage to make right choices and to always put your faith in His word, regardless of who agrees with you.