devotional post # 2305
Num 13:17 Moses sent them to scout out the land of Canaan and said to them, “Go up into the Negev and go up into the hill country,
Num 13:18 and see what the land is, and whether the people who stay in it are strong or weak, whether they are few or many,
Num 13:19 and whether the land that they stay in is good or bad, and whether the cities that they stay in are camps or strongholds,
Num 13:20 and whether the land is rich or poor, and whether there are trees in it or not. Be of good courage and bring some of the fruit of the land.” Now the time was the season of the first ripe grapes.
Num 13:21 So they went up and scouted out the land from the wilderness of Zin to Rehob, near Lebo-hamath.
Num 13:22 They went up into the Negev and came to Hebron. Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the descendants of Anak, were there. (Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.)
Num 13:23 And they came to the Valley of Eshcol and cut down from there a branch with a single cluster of grapes, and they carried it on a pole between two of them; they also brought some pomegranates and figs.
Num 13:24 That place was called the Valley of Eshcol, because of the cluster that the people of Israel cut down from there.
Num 13:25 At the end of forty days they returned from scouting out the land.
what you see hiking
The scouts were sent out on a 40 day long-distance hike, and told to discover what the land was like. I know a little about long-distance hiking, and I can tell you that what you see on such a hike often depends upon your attitude. If you go anticipating the joy of experiencing God’s creation, what you see will be just that, in spite of the hardships. But if you start out with a negative, defeatist attitude –surprise! You will see defeat.
LORD, give us the courage to answer your call, and the attitude to expect your blessing.