fear, doubt, and anxiety

Sunlight Shining Through Forest

“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!’ (Numbers 13:30).

I love the story of Joshua and Caleb scoping out the Promised Land.  I think most of us do.  They covertly travel the landscape with ten other “spies.”  They return and confirm that the land God had promised to them was more than they could have ever thought possible.  Caleb declares before the entire Israelite community, “What are we waiting for?!” (It reminds me of what the Apostle Paul will write in Romans 8:31, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”)  But what do the other ten spies who went with Joshua and Caleb come back and say?  “We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them” (Numbers 13:33).

Twelve men, two perspectives.  It is a story of fear versus faith in God.  Doubt versus trust in God.  Anxiety versus confidence in God.

A few weeks ago we held a premiere of the movie “Home Run” in the FLC.  We had 250+ in attendance, many of whom were invited by friends, all of whom benefited greatly from the evening together.  The movie centered upon struggling with addiction and struggling in relationships.  Ultimately, the movie centered upon trusting God.  One of the best lines in the movie was, “Nothing great happens when you hold back.”

Fear, doubt, and anxiety hold us back.  As a people.  As a church.  We fear failure.  We doubt God.  When we do, anxiety reigns, the Kingdom is crippled, and the enemy is pleased.

When will we understand, “Nothing great happens when you hold back.”

And so I ask you these questions:

  • What do you need to let go of?
  • Is your faith as strong as it ought to be?
  • In what way are you not trusting wholly in our Father?
  • What creates anxiety within you?
  • What do you need to give to God?

Caleb asks the people of God, “What are we waiting for?!”

Today, I ask the same.

Glory to God!


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