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Scripture: Numbers 13: 1-3; 25-33

The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites; from each of their ancestral tribes you shall send a man, every one a leader among them.” 3 So Moses sent them from the wilderness of Paran, according to the command of the Lord, all of them leading men among the Israelites…

25 At the end of forty days they returned from spying out the land. 26 And they came to Moses and Aaron and to all the congregation of the Israelites in the wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh; they brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land. 27 And they told him, “We came to the land to which you sent us; it flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. 28 Yet the people who live in the land are strong, and the towns are fortified and very large; and besides, we saw the descendants of Anak there. 29 The Amalekites live in the land of the Negeb; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live by the sea, and along the Jordan.” 30 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.” 31 Then the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against this people, for they are stronger than we.” 32 So they brought to the Israelites an unfavorable report of the land that they had spied out, saying, “The land that we have gone through as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants; and all the people that we saw in it are of great size. 33 There we saw the Nephilim (the Anakites come from the Nephilim); and to ourselves we seemed like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.”


The people rebelled against this. It looked too difficult. It would be impossible to succeed against these people. They were too small to defeat giant warriors. As we slowly emerge from the Covid pandemic, think of the task ahead for all churches as they make the effort to fully restore their discipleship efforts. Think of all the statements people have made about what churches are facing: I’ll be glad to get back to normal. It’s going to be a new normal. Online ministry is not going away. How will we ever get people to come back in person? I wish we didn’t have to wear these masks.
How do we plan for this?

As we try to set goals and plan for the future, we may feel like grasshoppers facing the giants. If we read on in Numbers, we find Joshua saying: “Do not fear the people of the land, for they are no more than bread for us; their protection is removed from them, and the Lord is with us; do not fear them.” Joshua had confidence and strong determination.

We must remember that no one is too young. No one is too old. Draw near to the flame within you and listen for God’s call. You are needed.

“Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.”-Teresa of Avila

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