Have you ever looked at a sunset and just saw the sun, then you saw a person experiencing their first ever sun set. You watch and see how they take it in as though it was life giving breath. They pause and stare at the sun as the last strands of light slowly set into the horizon and then they draw in a long breath and slowly let it out realizing the beauty that they just witnessed was created by the hand of the greatest artist in the universe, God.
When we just look with our eyes, we could miss the greatness of what God created for us to see. If we walk through life just looking, we will miss the power of God’s work in our life. We have to stop and SEE what is going on around us.
One of the best examples in the bible of men looking and not seeing is in Numbers 13. In this chapter of Numbers, the Lord said to Moses “send some men to explore the land of Canaan.” Their assignment was not just to go into the land of Canaan, but to also determine if the land was good to live in and were the occupants of the land strong or weak. Moses sent one person from every tribe of Israel into the land of Canaan and after 40 days of exploring the land the reports brought back were spectacular. The grapes in the land were so abundant that just one branch required two men to carry it. They also told Moses and the others that the land flowed with milk and honey and there was much to eat. And with that report Caleb, one of the spies that went to search out the land, stepped forwarded to declare “let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.” (v30)
Out of twelve spies, only two saw the promises of God. Have you ever allowed what your eyes saw to discourage you into believing that God’s promises for your life were just lies? Seeing God’s plan for your life takes faith. There will be times when what you are looking at may appear hopeless and unconquerable, but if you are willing to look past what your eyes see and look to God, you will start to see God’s promises by faith. That is what happened with Caleb and Jacob. Out of the twelve spies that went to search out the land, they were the only two that could see the promises of God. In Numbers 14 Jacob said:
“The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. 8 If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. 9 Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.”
God has something exceedingly good and great for each one of us, but we have to see with eyes of faith. We have to stop looking and start seeing. Your promised land is in front of you, you move by faith to receive it.