But Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.” Then the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are.” Numbers 13:30-31 ESV
While waiting for our turn to see the optometrist, Trey and I decided to see who had the better vision. We stood in front of the eye chart and took turns reading the lines. I got to line 4 or 5 and had trouble clearly seeing the letters (Yes, I need glasses). Trey, on the other hand, was able to see the letters located on line 8 and 9.
Isn't it amazing how many of us experience the same thing that I did during my vision competition with Trey? Two individuals can look at a situation and see or interpret it in two entirely different ways.
I looked at one line and said what I thought the letters were, while Trey looked at the same line and saw the actual letters. His vision was better than mine.
This situation plays every day with people in all walks of life. How many times have you observed individuals from similar backgrounds that have experienced different levels of success? I see this often in the areas of athletics, academics and the work place.
Did one person have an advantage over another? Both came from the same neighborhood and circumstances, but one made it and the other didn't. Why is that? Why was one person able to look at their conditions and see one thing, while the other saw something totally different?
The difference is that the one that succeeds has tapped into a power that is available to all of us.
The person that sees a situation clearly and has confidence is the one that believes that they are doing God's will and He is providing everything that they need to succeed.
Let's look at the today's scripture as evidence of this at work. Caleb was sent along with other spies to
survey the land that was promised to them. After the completion of the mission, they returned with the report. Notice the difference in the reports. Keep in mind that Caleb saw the same thing that the other spies "saw".
Caleb instructed the people to "go up at once and occupy the land." There was no hesitation on his part because he knew 2 things: God had told them the land was theirs (belief) and God had equipped them for the task at hand (faith). That was all that they needed to occupy the land despite the obstacles before them.
The "other" spies saw that the land was flowing with milk and honey, but focused on the giants, walls and castles. As a result, they felt that they would not be able to overcome these hurdles.
What group of "spies" are you in? Do you look at an opportunity and see all of the obstacles and decide not to proceed? Or do you view that same opportunity as Caleb and know that if it's within God's will, you have everything needed to succeed?
What is facing you today that require the faith and belief that Caleb possessed? Will you "go and occupy the land at once" or will the circumstances cause you to focus on the obstacles?
I invite you to look at whatever that situation is and "see" it with the help of God's power. You'll be amazed at what you'll see with that new vision.
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.