Numbers 13:26-33 (NIV) They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran. There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land. They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan.” Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”
The difference between faith and fear is the object of our trust. Do we trust God or self? Our answer to this question affects our view of reality. Many times it is not what we see but how we see that causes fear. One similar event may evoke emotions of fear in one person and excitement in the other depending on how they see it.
In the passage above Joshua and Caleb saw what the 10 spies saw, but they saw it differently. Whereas Canaan was a scene of terror and hopelessness to the 10 spies, it was a place of excitement and anticipation for Caleb and Joshua. They couldn’t wait to see the time when they would finally take possession of the land that was promised to them (see verse 30).
So what was the problem with the other 10 spies (see verses 31-33)? It was the question of their object of trust. Fear arises from false assumptions about reality.
How do we overcome fear?
- Trust God and His promises. You learn to trust God even when you don’t feel his presence. There is power in the word of God. The devil fears God’s word. Situations bow to the Word of God.
- Remember what God did for you in the past. If he did it in the past, he can do it today.
- Focus on your divine assignment. Do not allow yourself to be distracted by fear. You tell yourself and whatever is causing you fear that “my mission is too important to give in to anything, including not fear”