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We All Heard It, And We All Saw It, So, Why Didn’t We All Believe It?

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There’s an old adage that says: “Seeing is believing!” The common interpretation for this is: “You need to see something before you believe it is actually true or has occurred.” When Peter and John were told to stop preaching in the name of Jesus by the Sanhedrin council, they responded in Acts 4:19-20: “But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” 

Romans 3:4 said: “…let God be true, but every man a liar…” Which brings us to the Bible account of Moses, Caleb, Joshua, and the children of Israel; and what it means to hear it, see it, but not believe it.
In Numbers, chapter 13, God instructed Moses to send men to search the Promise Land i.e. the land of Canaan that He had promised to give them. Moses also required them to give a report on what they had seen and heard; one man from each of the 12 tribes of Israel were chosen to search out the land. 

After spying out the land for 40 days, although these 12 men saw the same land and heard the same words that God would give them this land, (that’s why it was called Promised Land because God promised this land to the descendants of Abraham), yet they did not all believe it. These were not just common men that Moses sent to spy out the land, but they were leaders of Israel. (v.2). 

But here is the report of ten of the spies: We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey. Here is proof of it, by the large fruit we have brought back. It took 2 of us men to bring back one cluster of grapes on our shoulders. However, the people that live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large, the giants live there. 

But, after their report all the people became fearful and terrified. But there were 2 other spies Caleb and Joshua who tried to calm the people down and encourage them by stating: “Let us go up immediately and take possession of the land, for we are well able to conquer it.” But the ten interrupted Caleb and said: “We are not able to defeat these people because they are stronger than us.”

The Bible calls this an evil report! They put fear and unbelief in the hearts of the people causing them not to believe a good report. These ten spies reiterated that the land eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and the men that lived there were giants and they felt like grasshoppers in their sight and that’s the way they saw us! After this, pandemonium erupted in the camp and great hostility towards Moses and Aaron. 

But what caused 2 men to believe and ten not to believe? They heard and saw the same thing, so why didn’t they all believe? It’s a necessary ingredient called “faith” i.e., “faith in God!” Just because you hear the Word or see the see the evidence of something, it does not become effective until you apply “faith in God’s promises!” That’s why Hebrews 11:6 said: “But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” 

It is not your title, or your calling, or your family status, or your wealth that determines your success or your ability to please God, but your faith in God. God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him! Numbers 23:19 said: “God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the Son of Man that, He should repent: Hath He said, and shall He not do it? Or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good?” 

So, even when you can’t see things or understand what you heard and facts are hitting you in the face, if God has given you a precious promise, no one and no thing can stop your blessing from coming to past, but your own unbelief! So, now that you have heard it, seen it from this article, let’s all believe it and reap the blessings!

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