READ: Joshua 2:1-24
- Joshua was one of twelve spies who made the journey into the Promised Land forty years prior to this story. Only he and Caleb returned believing they could conquer that land. The other ten persuaded the people to refuse to enter the land (see the story beginning in Numbers 13). So, instead of spending their lives in the land of promise, the nation traveled throghout the wilderness for forty years while that disbelieving generation died off.
- Now, once again on the verge of entering the land, Joshua sent two spies into the land. They traveled as far as Jericho and there, were hidden by Rahab. When they returned they encouraged Joshua to lead on. Rather than discouraging the people, they reported that the occupants of the land all feared the coming Israelites because of the power of their God. There was no turning back this time.
- No decision is without consequences of some kind. The original spies were not wrong. The land was filled with both gigantic grapes and gigantic men. But instead of seeing possibilities they saw obstacles. Their decision to reject the plan of God was a decision that cost their entire generation an opportunity to have a home in God’s Promised Land. What they saw as a safe decision was fatal. Safe is rarely God’s choice.
- Describe a decision that gave surprisingly negative consequences.
- Why do you think we choose safe decisions when our heart tells us God is in the adventure?
- How do you discern when choosing which decision to make?
Ask God for guidance in being able to determine His direction. Pray that our leaders are listening always for God’s direction and not merely playing it safe. Commit to God’s desires, even when they appear very risky.