Things are not always what they seem

Part Two of Perception

We all have situations that rise up in our lives. In some of those situations they may even seem impossible. Fortunately God can do all things in any situation if we just believe and follow what God is telling us to do or where to go. Not long ago my husband lost his job, he had to draw unemployment. He finally found another job, however it was not full time but part time work. I will be honest I was not sure how we would make it with just him working part time. Now I am not even going to say that it has been easy because it has not. What we did was put our trust in the Lord, and there were many times that we had to remind ourselves that God was and is the great provider.

God has always provided. There have been many times in the bible that God has made provision. There have also been times when the provision was there but the situation seemed to big and doubt came in and tainted our perception. Let’s look at a situation where God made the provision for the children of Israel.

Numbers 13:1-3

1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a leader among them.”3 So Moses sent them from the Wilderness of Paran according to the command of the LORD, all of them men who were heads of the children of Israel.

God is making a land provision for the children of Israel and He wants them to take a look at it. So Mosses is going to send one man from each tribe just as the Lord commanded. The twelve go into the land, among the twelve is Joshua and Caleb. Now when they came back the men told of the land and how it did flow with milk and honey. They also said how the people that dwell there were big and strong. Let’s look at the results that were given by the men.

Numbers 13:30-33

30 Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.”
31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.” 32 And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. 33 There we saw the giants[

d] (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”WOW, out of the twelve that went into the land that the Lord had given them only two believed that they could take the land. Joshua and Caleb, there perception of the land was that it could be taken. In fact Caleb states in verse 30 “we are well able”. The other 10 men there perceptions the belief was that the land could not be taken. They believed that men of that land would over take them. God had made the provision, the land was there’s to have, He had given the land to them. God had already saved them from the Egyptians, and they had witnessed the crossing of the Red Sea so, why would they choose to believe that they could not take the land. In my opinion even after all God had done for them there perception was still very small. The ten men’s believed what was seen and not in the One who made the provision God.

What areas in your life are you to busy being lead by what you see verses what God wanting you to believe? Perception is important, how are yours?




4 thoughts on “Things are not always what they seem

  1. Good word Tracy! We need to look beyond what we see, to get the accurate picture.

    I know a guy who wrote a song for a musical with the same title…

  2. Tracy – I liken this story to the newscasts we receive today — most of it is the bad report …the problem is being magnified when people could magnify God’s Word & Promises

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