Monday, June 04, 2012

Breakfast of Champions!

Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them." Numbers 14:9 (NKJV)

When God delivered Israel from Egypt and attempted to lead them into the Promised Land, a bad report discouraged them. Moses had sent twelve men to spy out the land of Canaan. Ten of these men came back with discouraging news.

However, two of the men, Joshua and Caleb, came back encouraged because the land was; "exceedingly good, a land that flows with milk and honey" (Num. 14:7, 8). In the passage at the top, they told Israel not to fear the people of the land, "for they are our bread."

It is interesting that the ten with the bad report saw the people of the land as giants (Num. 13:33), and Joshua and Caleb saw them as food. Bread is food for our body. We need good food to maintain good health and keep our bodies fit. I have discovered that giant problems in my life have actually nourished me and made me stronger.

I do not believe that God wants us to have to face huge problems, nevertheless, the Bible says in Romans 8:28, "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." Our creator God can do so much more than we can even imagine. He can take any ugly situation and turn it into something good. This a simple task for the creator of time, space, and matter (Gen. 1:1).

In every great challenge of my life, God has been faithful to deliver me. Each time this happens, I become stronger and better equipped for greater things. We all face battles. They can be an opportunity to see God work. Psalm 107 details how God delivers His children out of troubles and lack. This Psalm ends with, "Whoever is wise will observe [God in] these things, And they will understand the loving-kindness of the Lord" (v. 43).

Every time I see God involved in my situations, I understand His loving kindness for me. God is a loving God who wants the best for His children. He is always available to us when we are too weak in our own strength. Big challenges become big opportunities to see God.

Look for God in your situations. You will see Him if you do. When you understand His love for you, you will learn to tap into the peace of God and enjoy life---even when you face giants.

Be Blessed!

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