Joshua and Caleb were part of a team of twelve sent in to survey the Promised Land, the place the Israelites had been longing to get to for over a generation. They came back excited with positive reports, while the other ten were filled with dread concerning the obstacles that had to be overcome in order to occupy such a wonderful place. They argued it was safer to stay in the wilderness and exist as nomads, rather than risk their lives on what God was offering.
Joshua and Caleb came back with a different perspective of their circumstances because they went into it with a different perspective of God. They believed in his intrinsic goodness, and loved them beyond measure. They trusted him to lead them to a place of rest and abundance, no matter what it looked like at the moment. That filtered all the fear out of what they saw, and allowed them to focus on God’s promises instead of the problems, on what good was possible, instead of what might go wrong.
So what kind of spy will you be in 2019? As you look at your life and all that’s possible this year and beyond, see it in the light of his love for you, from the perspective he is truly good, and loves to train his children to overcome obstacles and occupy his promises for them. Allow him to filter out your fear, and replace it with joyful confidence.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).