Forgiveness is taking our eyes off of God and putting them on ourselves!
You’re standing at the edge of everything you have been dreaming about, everything you have been talking about looking at your future. You are told to go ahead and cross over and take it, it’s ready for you. You can’t move though you just stand there looking in and you start to question everything. Now you want to go seek advice before you jump in you want to have someone else go check it out for you first. What happened? How did the thing that brought you so much excitement that you set and anxiously waited for to finally happen now bring so much dread? Fear happened, you look at your future, and what God was asking you to do and instead of keeping your eyes on Him you turned them on yourself and allowed fear to take over!
We are not alone in allowing this to happen the same exact thing happened to the Israelites. In Deuteronomy 1 and Numbers 13 we see where they allowed fear to paralyze their faith. For years God had been telling them about a land full of milk and honey that He was taking them too and it was going to be all their’s. Finally the day arrives and they can see into the land and God tells them OK it’s time go and possess the land! They don’t do it! Instead of trusting God and relying on His promise and remembering how He had carried them all this way they turn to human counsel. They wanted 12 spies to go and check out the land before they would go and conquer it. “And I said to you, ‘You have come to the hill country of the Amorites, which the Lord our God is giving us. 21 See, the Lord your God has set the land before you. Go up, take possession, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has told you. Do not fear or be dismayed.’22 Then all of you came near me and said, ‘Let us send men before us, that they may explore the land for us and bring us word again of the way by which we must go up and the cities into which we shall come.” -Deuteronomy 1:20-22 So God obliged and let them send in the 12 spies. They came back holding the biggest cluster of grapes, so big, two people need to carry it on a pole in between them. 23 “And they came to the Valley of Eshcol and cut down from there a branch with a single cluster of grapes, and they carried it on a pole between two of them; they also brought some pomegranates and figs.”- Numbers 13:23 They were able to see that the land was everything that God had promised. They just couldn’t get passed their fear. Caleb and Joshua were the only ones that saw the good land and remembered that God promised they were going to possess it so they said let’s go and get this awesome land that God has promised for us. “But Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.”-Numbers 13:30. The other spies didn’t see the promise of God anymore all they could see were the people that occupied that land and themselves and they focused on themselves. 31 “Then the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are.” 32 So they brought to the people of Israel a bad report of the land that they had spied out, saying, “The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people that we saw in it are of great height. 33 And there we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak, who come from the Nephilim), and we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.”-Numbers 13:31-33 They didn’t see this land as one that God could conquer they saw it as a land that had giants in it that they couldn’t compete with. In this moment they had forgotten their God who had brought them out of Egypt, who had guided with them a cloud during the day and a pillar of fire by night. They were only seeing themselves and the giants they were up against. How often do we take our eyes off of God when we are up against our giants? We all of a sudden forget everything God has done for us in the past and think that He can’t help us in the situation we are in. The Israelites allowed fear to so paralyze their faith that they thought God had brought them out of Egypt just so they could die. Fear took their eyes off of God and instead of seeing possibilities they saw problems, instead of opportunities they saw obstacles. They completely rebelled against God and refused to go and possess the land, they paid the consequence too. God told them not a single one would ever see the land because they didn’t trust Him to go and take it over. They all realized their sin and tried to go and conquer the land anyways but God was no longer with them and their fear became a reality they all died by the sword.
In reality this is a really sad story. The Israelites had been out in the desert for a long time probably talking about the land of milk and honey and how they couldn’t wait to get there and see the land that God was promising them. They allowed fear to ruin all of that for them, and they never saw the land God promised them instead they died by their fear because they tried to do it on their own. Are you letting fear control you to the point that you think God can’t handle what you are doing?
Are you looking for problems instead of possibilities, obstacles instead of opportunities? What has God been asking you to do but you haven’t done it because you have been to fearful to do it?
You have been looking at yourself instead of God saying “I can’t do that. What if I fail? What if I get in there and it’s not what I thought?” Instead you need to be saying “It doesn’t matter that I can’t do this, God can. I can’t fail because God said He would guide me through this. It might not be what I thought it would be, but it will be perfect for me because God’s ways are always best for me.” Stop rebelling against God today in your fear. Get your eyes off of yourself and get them back on God and go and conquer what He has called you to do. Don’t be like the Israelites who came so close, but never got there.