Athlete, Live by Faith, not by Sight
Numbers 13:30 (NASB)
Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we will certainly prevail over it.”
When we don’t like our prospects, we often look back and wonder why we ever decided to take a particular route. It’s our human nature. It seemed like the best decision at the time, but then our circumstances change, and we want out.
You probably know the story. Moses led the Hebrew people out of slavery in Egypt. When they approached the land God had promised, Moses sent 12 men to spy out the land. They returned with an overwhelming report—the land was rich and prosperous, but the people there made them feel like grasshoppers in their sight.
Conclusion – 10 men said don’t enter the land; Joshua and Caleb reminded the people that God led them to take the land He had promised to them (Numbers 13-14).
The people went with the majority report and rejected God’s leading. They wandered in the wilderness for 40 years, long enough for everyone over the age of 20 to die. Though they had witnessed God’s miracles, care and protection, the people rejected His leading. God would give the Promised Land to the next generation.
Caleb has wise advice for us. Don’t be so quick to change in the dark what God has shown us in the light.
Things may have changed on your team since you came to school believing it was God’s leading. Coaches, friends, teammates may have changed. Your playing time may have been given to a new recruit.
Doubts, fears and disappointments are shaky reasons for thinking about changing your course or calling it quits. If God leads us into something, He is capable of leading us out of something. We need wise advisors to help us discern leading from running.
There is a general pattern in following God’s leading. When we step out in faith to follow God’s guidance in something, we are often met with doubt or difficulty. It may be a test to confirm our seriousness about trusting God, not a sign that we should change course.
Today’s devotional is one of five this week on “Wise Advisors” by Tom Petersburg.