Take a few minutes and read Numbers 13. There you will see that the children of Israel, who had been delivered by the Lord from Egypt, are now on the edge of the Promised Land. The land that God has given them. It's their's God says.
So God speaks to Moses and says that he is to send 12 men to check out their new home. Take account and survey the land.
Those 12 men would go into the land and return 40 days later with a report status. Now remember this land is to be their new home. Chosen by God for them.
Here’s what 10 of the 12 spies had to say about what they found (and Anak’s descendants were giants).
“Then they told him, and said: “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. 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 13:27-28 NKJV
If you listen to the wrong voices you’ll find yourself in trouble and missing out.
They were kept out of the promised land because of what others said. The opinion of others.
Caleb, who was one of the 12 spies that went into the promised land, saw where this report was going.
“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 NKJV
Joshua and Caleb knew they could but the others said we can’t. And the entire nation of the children of Israel believed the report of the majority.
They took a vote and they lost out!
They were kept out of the promised land because of what they saw, and what they thought about what they saw.
They were comparing natural things with natural. Their strength and ability was inferior to the giants in the land. That’s true. The walls of the cities were too strong to break through. True also.
But here’s where they really missed it! Missed it big time!
They had forgotten how God delivered them from Pharaoh and 400 years of slavery. How He brought them through the Red Sea escaping an army far superior in every way.
These men were comparing the strength of the giants to theirs, rather than comparing the strength of the enemy with God’s.
If God says you can then you can! He has qualified you, He has empowered you. Step out in faith trusting in what He says.
Just because the majority says it's true you will want to challenge every opinion and compare it with what God says and has promised.
When the doctor says there is no hope, we’ve done all that we can do. That’s His opinion but what does God say?
Because they bought into the "evil report", trusting man's opinion, rather than God's, they would not enter the Promised Land. They would miss out!