There’s a fascinating story from Israel’s history about how different people view the same place differently. Near the end of Israel’s forty years living in the wilderness, God instructs Moses to send community researchers into Canaan. ‘The Promised Land’ was a literal place that God wanted His people to move into.
Talk about this place had been in their imagination from the time they left Egypt. They were no longer slaves, but now free men and women. But it was not enough to simply be free; they had a land of their own to possess. The time finally arrived to explore the place God wanted them to have.
Moses sent representation from all twelve tribes to quietly explore and bring a report. Here’s what he said to the twelve spies.
Moses told them to thoroughly study and evaluate the place that God was taking them into. After forty days, they returned with a report and samples of the fruit that grew in Canaan.
Their study of place was revealing. They provided good demographics to understand who was there and the challenges that would face them. It’s interesting to note that given the same data, people arrived at different conclusions.
While ten spies studied and concluded that it was too dangerous to proceed, Caleb and Joshua believed otherwise. How were the majority able to forget that God had led them here? Wasn’t this the Promised Land they longed for?
Like the ancient spies, we can see the same things, but miss out on what’s really true. Were the obstacles the end of the road or necessary steps in learning how to live in a new way?