Today’s Verse

“I know that the LORD has given you this land and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you.” — Joshua 2:9 NKJV

Devotion

On the one hand, ten of the spies that Moses sent to spy out the Promised Land came back with a bad report. Although they admitted that the land flows with milk and honey, as the Lord had promised, they also said that the people there were strong, some of them were even giants, and their cities were well fortified (Numbers 13:27-29). If that wasn’t enough, they also said that the land devours its inhabitants and the giants were so tall that the spies seemed like grasshoppers in comparison (Numbers 13:32-33). In other words, the ten spies brought back a report that instilled fear in the people of Israel. So much so, that they wanted to go back to Egypt (Numbers 14:1-4).

On the other hand, forty years later Rahab told the two spies that Joshua sent to spy out the land a much different story. As our verse for today tells us, it wasn’t the people of Israel who were afraid, but the pagan people dwelling in the Promised Land. Indeed, they were “melting in fear” because of the Israelites. They may have been strong, they may have had some giants, and their cities may have been well fortified, but they were quaking with fear because of them. They had heard of what the Lord had done for the them. They had heard how they were set free from the Egyptians and how they destroyed their enemies in the Wilderness (Joshua 2:10-11).

Now you’re about to enter your own personal version of the Promised Land. It is the place of fulfilment and destiny that you’ve crossed your own personal version of the Wilderness to achieve. You’ve spied out the land and you’ve seen all the good things it has to offer. However, you’ve also seen the enemies and the obstacles. You’ve seen all that it will take to take control of your possession. Fear is becoming a factor. You can feel it rising up inside you. What do you do?

What you do is realize that the enemies fear you more than you fear them. The Lord has been with you and they have seen what He has done for you. They think you’re unstoppable.

Go forth, then, and take possession. Go forth and do what you have to do to fulfill the destiny the Lord has ordained for you.