WHAT DO YOU SEE?
Before entering the land of Canaan that God had promised to the nation of Israel, a delegation of twelve representatives were sent out in order to bring back a report regarding what lay ahead. Ten were convinced the whole idea was just too difficult but Caleb and Joshua had a different perspective. They 'saw' that although there were potential obstacles and opposition, God was well able to bring them through it all. (see Numbers 13 + 14 for the full account). I believe that God is often asking us the question “What do you see?” as we face various issues, both great and small, personally and as a community. Because all that we are aware of naturally, using our five senses, has another aspect to it.
Of the twelve spies, ten wanted to go back to Egypt to safety and slavery, and two wanted to go on into the relatively unknown but trusting God.
There is a constant temptation for us to function in life, below the level of our God given capability. We live in a world that you can see, touch, taste, smell and hear – everyone lives their life on the basis of the human senses - but as the people of God, indwelt by the Holy Spirit, we become aware of the existence of another very real aspect to life that cannot be sensed purely naturally: ‘The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to them, and they cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned' 1Corinthians 2.14.
God has enabled us to perceive things from a perspective that only the Holy Spirit can reveal. Whatever challenges you may be facing in life, the question remains....WHAT DO YOU SEE?
Love and blessings,
Steve & Pauline - August 2021