DAY 216 OF 365 IN 2021
HEAR GOD FOR YOURSELF
Numbers 13:30-31 Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” But 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.”
In what may be dubbed an era of Democracy, we actually find ourselves more in an era of ‘the majority’ because what the majority say and want is what becomes. In general elections, one needs to have a simple majority in many instances to clench the nod. So from a voting pool of 100, as long as 50 plus 1 agree to a specific decision, that is what is deemed the acceptable choice for all.
In our first reading about the twelve men sent to explore the land of canaan as spies, we encounter a typical situation where majority carried the vote. It was the case of Caleb vrs 11 other men. It is interesting to see that while all twelve men agreed that the land was indeed flowing with milk and honey, only Caleb appeared to suggest that they go up and take it because they were capable of conquering it. The remaining eleven thought otherwise.
From their collective assessment therefore, they were nothing but grasshoppers in the sight of the occupants of the land. That unfortunately is the version of the report the people of Israel clung to, hence the commencement of an entire night of weeping, an act that greatly displeased the Lord. However, the majority had spoken.
Beloved, it is a dangerous thing to always cling unto the report of the masses, to become fixated on ‘what the many say’. An entire nation found themselves in grave trouble because they ignored the words of one to believe the report of eleven. Often, it may appear unwise and plainly stupid to be the only person standing on one side of a discussion, to be the only one pushing forward an agenda when everyone else is against it or vice versa. Standing alone is not a pleasant spot.
However, it is important to realise that in matters of life, and in matters pertaining to the things of God, the majority does not always carry the vote. While our walk with God does have a communal dimension, it is equally very personal. We can therefore find ourselves in very hot and uncharted waters when we jump onto the ‘crowd wagon’ to hang onto the words of the majority all the time. Majority does not always carry the vote, so whatever your situation, learn to hear God for yourself