Wednesday 7th August, 2019
Reference text: Numbers 13:1-35
Numbers 13:30, 31 Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” But the other men who had explored the land with him disagreed. “We can’t go up against them! They are stronger than we are!”
Many decisions are made on the basis of majority, sometimes one single vote or two thirds representation, which ever is attainable in a particular circumstance.
Tough choices can therefore become even harder especially when majority lean towards a decision that could be wrong.
When I read that Moses was asked to pick a man each from the twelve tribes of Israel to explore the land of Canaan, I thought: ‘leaders with a diversity of opinions and perspectives on the same matter, will offer clear ‘focus and motivation to their people’. However, the majority returned with a report that contained only one hint of how good the land was: ‘it is indeed flowing with milk and honey but…’
What followed those words was a sermon on why they couldn’t claim the land – call it ‘demotivation and discouragement 101.’ Initially, I was tempted to call out these leaders, but my mind was drawn to the blessings pronounced by Jacob on his sons in Genesis chapter 49. Caleb’s suggestion that they ‘move up and claim the land’ thus shed some more light because although it contradicted the suggestions of all the other leaders combined, the place from which it came made it relevant.
It appeared he had soaked in the words of the blessings pronounced on the tribe of Judah, to which he belonged, and hoped the whole nation of Israel would live like that: ‘to be young lions- lions and lionesses who should not be aroused'(Genesis 49:9)
My dear, while all of us cannot be right all the time, none of us is hardly wrong all the time.
But like Caleb, those who know the truth that has been revealed in the word of God are neither afraid to profess it nor to live it out all the time; even when the whole world appears to have another opinion.