Is the land they dwell in good or bad?
The next category Moses asks the explorers about is the land.
Is the soil a fruitful kind that can give life or a useless kind that cannot?
Ten of the explorers come back showing Moses fruits from the land, “the land flows with milk and honey” BUT then saying, “the land devours its inhabitants.”
From their perspective, even though they held the fruitfulness of the soil in their hands, the land could not create, but only consume those on it.
How could they show the fruits and simultaneously allege the land could not be fruitful?
It wasn’t that the land was not fruitful. The ten explorers allowed the giants they saw on the land to tarnish the fruitfulness of the land. They allowed what was on the land to destroy its potential.
How often do we allow current obstacles to destroy future opportunities?
Naming our giants is a crucial key to possessing God’s promises, but it goes deeper than simply naming what we need to dispossess in order to possess God’s promises. We must also assess our soul. We must reflect on whether the land our giants dwell in is good or bad?
What are our lands and how do we see them?
Our lands are everything from our relationships, to our communities, to our workplaces and to our schools. But perhaps the most important land is our inner world – our mind, body, and soul.
Our giants – the fear giant, the doubt giant – are superficial obstacles connected to deeper origins. Naming our giants is the first step to understanding their origin – to understanding the roots. The things that seem like obstacles to us are often connected to a root wound.
It’s in the roots where we can assess the soil. It’s when go to the origins of the obstacles, that we can determine whether the soil is good or bad. It’s when we acknowledge the wounds that produced the giants that we discover the fruitfulness or fruitlessness of the soil.
Until we assess the soil, we cannot possess the promise.
If the soil is not fruitful, the promise cannot flourish.
What wounds do we find in our soil?
Rejection from family or friends. Oppression from systemic racism. Trauma from the loss of a relative, job, or future plans. Abuse from someone that was supposed to protect you. Pain from falsely spoken accusations. The list goes on. These root wounds become the origins that produce giants.
The rejection wound may turn into the fear giant. Because we were rejected by those closest to us, we fear we will never be accepted by those who don’t yet know us.
But the land can still be good land, when we examine our wounds and allow God to do the deep work of healing.
Healing comes from…
- a willingness to acknowledge our wounds,
- a confession of our wounds, and
- a determination towards the work of monitoring our wounds
God longs to heal us, so that our soil can be good soil. Good soil requires maintenance. We must assess our soil and monitor our wounds.
“In this life, all healing is temporary” // Erwin Raphael McManus
Through assessing our soil, we can respond like Caleb did.
The land is exceedingly good and the Lord will bring us into and give us the land. // Numbers 14:7
The land is not only good. The land is doubly good. The land is better than we could have ever imagined.
This story continues as the twelve explorers respond to each of the 4 categories of questions. Join in on the journey of learning to possess God’s promises!
In the tension together,
P.S. To explore the story of Caleb more in depth, stay tuned for my new book: Color Me Yellow // Finding Your Voice in the Tension between God’s Promises and their Fulfillment
Questions to Ponder:
- What are your lands and how do you see them?
- What are the wounds in your soil?
- What wounds can you pray into this week, confessing to God that you need Him to do the deep work of healing?