God had already taken the people out of Egypt by his powerful hand, had led them day by day by a cloud and at night by a pillar of fire. When his cloud moved, they moved. When it stayed put, they stayed put. He was clearly leading them, and they willingly followed the cloud.
Now, they find themselves at the edge of Canaan and the spies come back to report there are giants in the land. The people are afraid, but Joshua and Caleb say this, “The land we passed through in order to spy it out is an outstandingly good land!” (Numbers 14:7). God has ‘outstandingly good’ things prepared for them. They just have to move forward when he says to move. But in spite of the amazing promises on the other side of obedience, they resist, they rebel, they refuse to move when God was saying “Go”.
I don’t want to be them and neither do you. We want to obey God and receive the blessings he has prepared for us! Think of it this way:
When you say go, I’ll go.
When you say stay, I’ll stay.
When you say speak, I’ll speak.
When you say be still, I’ll be still.
When you say give, I’ll give.
When you say withhold, I’ll withhold.
When you say pray, I’ll pray.
When you say work, I’ll work.
When you say listen, I’ll listen.
I’m trusting you, Lord, for the promises that come on the other side of obedience.
“Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading.” – Oswald Chambers