“And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and shewed them the fruit of the land. And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it. Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there. The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan. And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it. But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we. And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.” (Numbers 13:26-33)
Today’s Morsel: Obstacles are those things that we oftentimes see when we take our eyes off the goal. How many times do we lose sight of what we set out to do because we allow something to get in our way and block our vision? When Jesus told Peter to come, Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on water to Jesus. He was doing fine as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. (Matthew 14:29-30). There will be many obstacles that will try to impede our progress for our final reward. The children of Israel took their eyes off the goal and missed the prize. It was theirs for the taking, but they allowed themselves to see only the obstacles and not the prize. Let's keep our eyes on Jesus, and not the things around us. We want to gain our prize.
Sing: When in service for my Lord, dark maybe the night, But I’ll cling more close to Him, He will give me light. Satan's snares may vex my soul, turn my thoughts aside; But my Lord goes ahead, leads whatever betide.
O’ I want to see Him, look upon His face, There to sing forever of His saving grace. On the streets of glory let me lift my voice; cares all past, home at last, ever to rejoice.
Thought For Today: Obstacles are those things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.