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 men who had gone up with him said, ‘We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.’
It can be very discouraging when you see possibilities where others only see challenges. If you’re not careful you will get sucked into the general consensus and miss what God is doing. This “Trump Mania” is one of the most perplexing things I’ve seen in a while. You have evangelicals in South Carolina endorsing a man to be our next president whom the pope said was, “unchristian.” Maybe that’s why Jesus gave us a small formula TY guarantee his presence; “where two or three are gathered touching and agreeing, there I will be in the midst of them.” Sometimes the minority report overrides the majority consensus.
Moses had sent out 12 spies to examine the Promised Land before they tried to take possession. They came back with evidence that the land was filled with “milk and honey.” They had great clusters of grapes that required two men to carry. But with great fruit comes great challenges. There were also Giants in the land.
- The minority report sees possibilities where there are challenges. Joshua talked about the fruit before he talked about the problems. When you do your due diligence you go looking for fruit and the challenges but look for fruit first!
- You have to silence the negative people. Caleb silenced the crowd who were quick to talk about everything that was wrong. Don’t be so quick to entertain a negative report.
- The minority report is endangered by the consensus of negative people. They spread a negative report amongst the people. Sometimes leaders of a movement can become so negatively entrenched that they infect the rest of the people. It’s not just about control but they are “negative” with their attitude.
Today, make sure you are surrounded by people who still have the ability to see divine possibilities instead of spreading negative reports. You shall know a tree by the fruit it bears. Look for the fruit!
Surround me with Joshua’s and Caleb’s who are able to access the land for fruit and size up the Giants without giving in to doom and gloom. Give us this mountain! Who’s report shall we believe?! We will believe your report! You, oh God, are able to save by many or by few. Thank you God that we are able to take this land regardless of what the majority are saying because our word trumps all!!!
In Jesus Name,