Posted by: macahajo | December 14, 2011

Obstacles

Our passion for serving the Lord in Africa was growing and I felt like this is what we were meant to do!  But during the application process with ReachGlobal, we faced obstacles that caused us to have to wait. We didn’t know how long we would have to wait and these obstacles could have prevented us from serving overseas.  And my heart was so sad.  I began to feel like we weren’t going to be able to go.

But then, that next Sunday at church, I heard a word from the Lord that spoke directly to my heart.  Do you ever feel like that?.. like the sermon or Scripture that was shared was meant for you? That happened to me that Sunday and it brought me to tears! Our pastor spoke from Numbers 13 which records how Moses sent men to explore the land of Canaan. When the men returned, they said, “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey. Here is its fruit. But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large…” (V. 27-28)   The men shared the facts of what they saw and they shared what they feared.

Caleb replied in faith by saying, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” (V. 30)

But the men responded by saying, “‘We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.’ And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored.” (V. 31-32) The men focused on the facts and that was enough for them to say that they couldn’t go, even though God told the Israelites that He would give them the Land of Canaan.

But” and “Can’t” – These are words that sometimes we use when we are faced with obstacles that seem too hard to overcome or a situation that seems like it’s impossible to change.  I was starting to use those words: “I want to go to Africa, but. There are these obstacles, so we can’t…

That day, God spoke to me so clearly through His Word. He lovingly and personally encouraged my heart to trust Him and to put my faith in Him and not in the facts or the circumstances around us or the obstacles that we faced. I needed to trust God that if He wanted us in Cameroon, that He would do it. He would get us there.  My Ryrie Study Bible notes that, “All had the same facts; but Joshua and Caleb also had faith”.  After that day, my prayer was that I would have faith like them.

I’m thankful for my husband. Mark had faith, despite the facts.  He encouraged me that our obstacles were just hurdles in getting us to Africa. God has led us in this direction.

I continued to dwell in this part of His Word in the weeks that followed. And one day, on my way to work, I heard on WMBI, a professor from Moody Bible Institute teaching about Joshua’s faith and preaching from Joshua 14. The Lord again, spoke to me through His Word, challenging me to deeper faith.

“But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him in the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.”

(Numbers 14:24)


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