We should walk by faith, not by sight

Numbers 13:1, 2, 17-21, 23-33

Numbers 13:1, 2

Because of the hardness of the people’s hearts, the Lord permitted Moses to send spies. It had been far better for them to have believed the Word of the Lord, and to have followed the pillar of cloud. How foolish for them to have the land spied out which the Lord had long before spied out for them

Numbers 13:1, 2

The best men should always be the most ready for works of daring and self-sacrifice. He is noblest in the church who is readiest to be the servant of all.

Numbers 13:17-23

They brought home conclusive evidence of the fertility of the country. This cluster of Eshcol is typical of those holy comforts which saints enjoy even in this world, which are earnests of the joys hereafter.

Numbers 13:25

Every day of spying cost Israel a year of wandering. Walking by sight is expensive work.

Numbers 13:29

Thus, the report of sight was altogether discouraging. How much better would it have been for Israel had they walked by faith! Every circumstance which could discourage the heart these spies took careful note of, but they omitted, or misinterpreted many hopeful tokens. If we will leave the line of faith, we are sure to be sorely put to it.

Numbers 13:33

But what of all this if they had but believed their God. Had he not smitten the Egyptians? Caleb and Joshua had faith, and hence they had courage, but unbelief is cowardly. O, for grace to trust in the Lord, and cease from all confidence in man, then shall our lives grow great and good before the Lord.


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