There is a dilemma that has plagued mankind since the beginning of time. It is a dilemma that we face almost every day, both on trivial and major scales. From the time of Adam and Eve up to today, there have been countless instances of this quandary:
The Problem vs. The Promise.
We KNOW that we can do all things through Christ (Philippians 4:13). We KNOW that all things work together for our good (Romans 8:28). We KNOW that we are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37). We KNOW that it is in our DNA to be victorious (1 Corinthians 15:57)!
Despite everything that we may KNOW, our knowledge, convictions and encounters oftentimes become a fleeting thought at the first sign of a PROBLEM. This is evident in the Israelites that were sent to spy out the land of Canaan in Numbers 13. All of the spies witnessed the same PROMISE: clusters of grapes too large for one person to carry, flowing with milk and honey, exquisite fruit, lavish land…everything God had promised! Yet 10 out of the 12 spies gave a response that focused on the problem:
“Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there.” (Numbers 13:28)
The remaining two spies, having witnessed the same evidence of the promise AND potential manifestation of the problem, gave a much different response:
Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” (Numbers 13:30)
Caleb (and ultimately Joshua) teach us a fundamental principle to living a successful life, not void of problems or circumstances, but more importantly (and more powerfully) dominated by the faithfulness of God:
Your temporary problem should never BLIND you from your eternal promise.
I would be lying if I sat here and tried to articulate that you will never face another problem again. That’s unbiblical and false. Problems and circumstances that arise are a fact of life, but I have confidence that the facts of life are superseded by the promises of God, sealed by the blood of Jesus Christ, and made alive in us through the power of the Holy Spirit. Just like Joshua and Caleb, we can take a biblical and faith-based stand against the problems that arise in front of us, make a determination to look through the temporary fog, and continue to focus on the eternal promise that we wholeheartedly believe God has established for us.
The people may seem strong, but our God is stronger. The circumstance might seem great, but our God is greater. The problem may seem unconquerable, but our God has conquered all. It is not too late to grab hold of the PROMISE.