Have you ever been in a situation where you feel like you are going against the grain? People are all heading one direction in their opinions, actions and attitudes while you are heading the opposite direction? You begin to wonder…
Am I wrong in thinking this way?
Do they know something I don’t know?
Am I missing something here?
I’ve recently spoke on a television program where I was the odd man (or woman) out! Everyone had a completely different thought, opinion and idea about the topic even though we are all Christians. So, I did the only thing I know to do when I’m faced with a situation like this…..I prayed, sought the Lord and asked Him to give me clarity on this issue. And He spoke in my heart…
He reminded me of a story nestled in Numbers 13-14…God commanded Moses to send out some men to explore the land of Canaan that they were about to possess. Moses sent out 12 of his men and they came back with good news and bad news. The good news was the land was lustrous, fruit was luscious and area oozed with milk and honey. The bad news……the cities were fortified, people were like giants and the men felt like grasshoppers in front of them.
What should they do?
10 men said, “We can’t do it! They are stronger than us. We’ll get killed!” (Num. 13:31-33)
2 of the 12 men were Caleb and Joshua. Caleb said, “We should and we can do it.” (Num. 13:30). Caleb and Joshua both asserted, “If God is pleased with us, He will give us victory!” (Num. 14:8-9)
Was that enough to convince the Israelites to follow God? Not in the least! They grumbled, argued, plotted to find another leader to take them back to Egypt, and even stone Moses, Arron, Caleb and Joshua (Num. 14:1-4, 10).
They didn’t trust God and wanted to rebel against Him. God was not happy! In fact, He wanted to destroy them for their lack of belief and lack of obedience (Num. 14:11-12). But Moses and Aaron begged God to spare them and He did!
What about us today? What can we do when we are faced with situations where we feel we’re the odd man out? When we feel we are going against the grain? When the majority believes in one thing and we believe in something completely different. How are we to respond? The story in Numbers 13-14 reminds us of several faith lessons…
- When we are faced with a dilemma, we need to look to God rather than look to our circumstances.
- We need to seek God’s Word and Wisdom to make sure that what’s in front of us aligns with His Word and His Heart.
- We need to remember, if the majority of people are going one direction, it is not necessarily God’s plan or purpose.
- As Christians, we sometimes need to stand against the majority because the majority does NOT Rule, God’s Truth does!
The rest of the story in Numbers tells us that the people who grumbled and didn’t follow God’s direction never entered the Promised Land….especially the 10 who spied the land. But Caleb and Joshua did enter the land after the first generation died.
I want to enter all the land the Lord wants to give me. Don’t you?