Read: Numbers 13:1-33
We can see God’s hand in the midst of big problems. He protects His people, provides for their daily needs and provides refuge and strength in every situation. However big a problem is, it is very small in God’s eyes. He will guard us as the apple of His eye and hide us under the shadow of His wings (Ps. 17:8).
Entering into the Promised Land Canaan was not an easy task for the Israelites. The land that flowed with milk and honey, and delicious fruits (grapes, figs, and pomegranates) is before them (Num. 13:17-24). When the 12 spies from Israel inspected the land, there was a problem. The people who dwelt in the land were strong; the cities were fortified and very large. The land was already inherited by giants (the descendants of Anak), Amalekites dwelt in the land of the South; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwelt in the mountains; and the Canaanites dwelt by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan (Num. 13:28-29). It was Caleb who said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it” (Num. 13:30). God helped Joshua the commander to defeat 31 kings, before they could possess the Promised Land. It is not an easy task to go into battle and defeat 31 kings. However, with God all things are possible.
After the death of Moses, God appointed Joshua as the commander and God promised, “Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses” (Josh. 1:3). God told Joshua to be strong and courageous and not to depart from God’s commandments and not to turn to the right or the left. He promised Joshua that He would make their way prosperous and grant them success in their battles if they followed Him (Josh. 1:7-8). “Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Josh. 1:9). He will help you face giant problems in life, and believe that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you (Phil. 4:13).