Then Moses and Aaron fell face down on the ground before the whole community of Israel. 6 Two of the men who had explored the land, Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, tore their clothing. 7 They said to all the people of Israel, “The land we traveled through and explored is a wonderful land! 8 And if the Lord is pleased with us, he will bring us safely into that land and give it to us. It is a rich land flowing with milk and honey. 9 Do not rebel against the Lord, and don’t be afraid of the people of the land. They are only helpless prey to us! They have no protection, but the Lord is with us! Don’t be afraid of them!”
10 But the whole community began to talk about stoning Joshua and Caleb. Then the glorious presence of the Lord appeared to all the Israelites at the Tabernacle. (Numbers 14:5-10)
(23/365 days of Fear Not)
Having an inner circle is important and never more important than when you are facing down fear.
Of course, in order to defeat fear, you need to be willing to heed the words of your inner circle. To accept their wisdom and to consider their perspective.
Especially if what you are about to do involves any sort of risk.
Consider Moses and Aaron.
They sent out a group of men to survey the land and to determine whether it was a land they should consider settling in. It was the land promised to them by God and yet many of those who went out to survey the land returned with a report that the risk was too great. They were afraid by what they saw.
And then, there were Joshua and Caleb.
They also went out and surveyed the land, but they came back with a whole other perspective. Their perspective was in tune with God’s perspective. They saw what God saw. They saw what God promised.
Yes, they, too, saw the risk of entering the land because they saw what the others saw: an enemy that seemed overwhelming and greater than the Israelites.
But Joshua and Caleb saw beyond the obstacle and into the promise.
They saw the land flowing with milk and honey.
They believed God and took Him at His promise.
They saw and believed that giving in to fear was rebellion against God.
And even though their community considered stoning them, still they spoke God’s truth: Don’t be afraid of them. They have no protection but the Lord is with us!
Do you have friends who will speak the truth into your dreams and into your purpose?
Do you have friends who will assess the risk in light of God’s promise and God’s wisdom?
Dreams and passion and purpose require community. And that community needs to speak truth and wisdom. They need to see beyond the immediate obstacle and into the land to which God is calling you.
Don’t be afraid of the naysayers.
Surround yourself with friends like Joshua and Caleb who can see the promise that lies beyond the risk.