6 And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes:
7 And they spoke unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land.
8 If the LORD delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which flows with milk and honey.
9 Only rebel not you against the LORD, neither fear you the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defense is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not.
When Moses was first called by God to go to Egypt, he was somewhat reticent because he knew the Israelites were not likely to believe he was sent to lead them out. In fact, that was one of Moses’ objections to going. Long story short, he went and lead Israel out anyway. Some time later he found himself at another crossroads.
He had sent 12 spies to go into Canaan and see what was going on there. Moses did the right thing. He was assessing the situation so he could prepare his people to go take the land. Well, 10 of the spies came back and reported that the Canaanites were to powerful to be defeated. They recommended abandoning the plan and staying put in the wilderness. The other two spies, Joshua and Caleb, said just the opposite.
They acknowledged that the Canaanites were big and tough. But they also knew that God was bigger and tougher. Joshua told the people that God, if he delights in them, will give them the land. You see, Joshua believed God earlier when he promised Israel a land flowing with milk and honey. Joshua knew that all they had to do was obey what God had said and the LORD would fight for them. He would deliver the land to Israel just as he had promised.
Faith is a curious thing. It is an action word that combines faith and obedience. God says something; we believe what he has said and submit ourselves to it. That submission leads to action. Unfortunately, it’s too easy to either not believe, not submit, or both. And in this case, Joshua equates their lack of faith to rebellion.
Friends, God is good. He keeps his promises. When he says he will do something, he will. But more often than not, his promises to us require some sort of submission or action on our part. God won’t do everything for us. What’s the lesson here? He will bring us into the land if we will do our part. We have to put one foot in front of the other, go into the land, and drive the enemies out.