Then I said to you, “You have reached the hill country of the Amorites, which the Lord our God is giving us. 21 See, the Lord your God has given you the land. Go up and take possession of it as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, told you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Deuteronomy 1:20-21)

Fear Not

(31/365 days of Fear Not)

Maybe it’s because we’re human so we project our limited vision and abilities on God and when He presents us with His dream or His purpose for our lives, we doubt. We freeze in our tracks. We second guess.

We want to believe, but we need proof. We don’t want to have crossed through the desert only to realize that it was all for nothing. Despite all that God has done before is forgotten as we stand on the threshold of His promise for this moment.

That’s what happened with the Israelites. In fact, it happened with them quite often. And despite Moses’ assurances based on his audience with God, they were afraid. God has given you the land.

But they wanted more than Moses’ assurances from God. They wanted proof from some of their friends. They wanted nods of approval from peers, friends, family, colleagues.

Have you ever been there?

Have you ever started out on a journey, living out your God-given purpose for your life with confidence and anticipation and excitement? And then, you hit the first obstacle, and doubt sets in. And then, you hit more obstacles and your pace slows and you look for others to tell you that you’re doing the right thing.

That’s what the Israelites needed. They wanted Moses to send out spies so they’d know what they were facing.

Except that the land was already theirs. God was taking care of the people in the land, had already gone out ahead of them to prepare the land for them. They only needed to claim it.

Is there something you’re meant to claim? Is there a promise that God has given to you but that you’re not sure about right now?

Don’t be discouraged.

Press on.

Trust God, not the world.

Claim it.

Go up and take possession of it.

To take hold of your dream, you have to let go of your doubt.

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