The vivid account given in the Old Testament book of Numbers tells one of the most poignant stories of the consequences of differing opinions a simple committee of 12 men may experience. It happened at the most critical time in Israel’s history from the beginning of their journey from Egypt, as slaves, to the front door of their greatest expectation—a new home in the Promised Land of Canaan.
It can be said for the Nation that this was the best of times and the worst of times. They stood at the threshold of a great opportunity. In their minds, however, it was the worst of times. They spent 40 days assessing the land’s beauty and abundance. They looked at the people and their cities. They surely agreed, it was everything God had promised them. It was to be theirs—all of it--just for the taking.
But it was the worst of times because in their report to Moses and all their families they talked about the giants and the high walled cities, occupied by hoards of people who were not happy about this strange nation coming with the intention of kicking them out. Almighty God, however, wanted them to see the opportunities. They only saw obstacles.
Two men, Joshua and Caleb, saw everything the other 10 had seen but chose to believe God’s promise of victory. God had the final word.
He said, “My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it (Numbers 14:23-24).
Concerning the other 10, He said, “they shall not see the land of which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who rejected Me see it” (vs. 23).
Caleb “had a different spirit in Him,” our story says. He saw the land as the promised possession of God’s people. He had a vision of what could be done, what could be accomplished. He saw tremendous opportunity. He saw potential where others saw problems. This is the kind of vision we need today. He did not depend on others, circumstances or friends his own age. Faith sees the victory. Faith brings a good report, Faith sees with the eyes of the Holy Spirit. Faith brings vision into being.
Caleb courageously believed in what God had promised. The result: a resounding victory.