“Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them”
February 22, 2020
When the Israelites were headed into the Promised Land, some demon-possessed giants, who were called Anakim, already lived there. When the twelve Israelite spies went to scope out the land, ten came back saying, “Oh, it’s a good land—a land full of milk and honey, corn and wine, oil and pomegranates, figs and grapes. But, hey, we can’t take this land—there are giants in it!”
But two of the spies, Joshua and Caleb, had an entirely different perspective. They said, “Don’t fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. Their defense is departed, and the Lord is with us; fear them not.” In other words, “Look, these people are a piece of cake. They’re toast!”
Why do you eat bread? For strength. Bread gives energy. Bread is the staff of life. What was God saying? These things that look like problems? They are your food. “Anakim—the breakfast of champions.”
It’s when you feed on these problems that you grow. Our Lord isn’t looking for softies as disciples. Remember, you’re governed by His providence when you’re in a storm. He rules over all. And you are growing by His plan. In the storm you’re going to grow and become more and more like the Lord Jesus Christ.