“If you know that God loves you, you should never question a directive from Him. It will always be right and best. When He gives you a directive, you are not just to observe it, discuss it, or debate it. You are to obey it.” – Henry Blackaby
The story of the 12 spies in Numbers 13 is a great example of God’s people questioning God’s directives. Yes, God had bluntly told the Israelites that the inhabitants of the land they were to occupy were bigger and stronger than them. But, he also promised that he would be with them and give them victory. Now was to be their greatest moment as a nation – go take the land!
But the spy report went awry. Ten of the spies balked. They made the mistake of focusing on the giants of the land rather than upon the God who was guiding them. They refused to obey out of fear. Their fear spread like wildfire and infected the entire community. As a result – God banished that generation from entering the Promised Land – they died off while wandering in the desert for another 40 years!
I struggle with fear sometimes too. I know God has called me to do something specific but I’m hesitant; questioning; fearful. I am afraid of – Rejection. Conflict. Failure.
I must learn as the Psalm writer: When I am afraid, I will trust in you. Psalm 56:3
May God grant each of us the courage and wisdom to always be obedient, in spite of our fears. He will never lead us astray or let us down. His purposes can always be fulfilled in us as we trust and obey.