Selective Vision

“Seeing is believing.”

So they say. But not always.

Israel’s experience in the wilderness proves that seeing doesn’t always lead to believing.

God was ready for Israel to enter the Promised Land, but they weren’t ready. Why not? Their eyes were focused on the wrong things.

Ten of the spies reported on the land they had explored: “. . . the people who live in the land are strong . . . . we saw the descendants of Anak there . . . . all the people whom we saw in it are men of great size. There also we saw the Nephilim . . . and we became like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight” (Numbers 13:28, 32, 33).

The high cost of unbelief

So God said, “Surely all the men who have seen My glory and My signs that I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, yet . . . have not listened to My voice, shall by no means see the land which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who spurned Me see it” (Numbers 14:22-23).

Because the ten spies had seen with their own eyes the power of God as demonstrated in the Egyptian plagues and the Red Sea deliverance, shouldn’t they have trusted Him? But because the giants loomed large, God’s far superior power was all but forgotten! As a penalty, they would never get to enter the land. They were disqualified by unbelief (Hebrews 3:19).

A lesson for us

The writer of Hebrews warns us not to do as they did: “Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience” (Hebrews 4:11).

Selective vision paralyzes whenever we focus on our fears instead of our Father. Selective vision empowers when we keep our eyes on God, trusting Him to help us deal with life’s challenges.

As the children’s song says, “Oh be careful, little eyes, what you see.”


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