Dream killers (4)
Caleb was truly remarkable. At 85, he dreamed of owning his own mountain in the Promised Land. And even though there were giants living on it, they didn’t discourage him one bit. When the people around him saw the giants and wanted to back off, Caleb factored God into the equation and said, ‘we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them’ (v.9 NIV). With God, we can face the things we think we can’t. We can overcome fears we think will hold us back forever. We can step into our calling, even when everything around us is telling us we can’t. God said, ‘Because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.’ Caleb had ‘a different spirit’, which brings us to another dream killer we must overcome: lack of confidence. Dreams are fragile. And they’re at the greatest risk when they’re new to us, when the people we love and respect don’t approve, and when we have no past record of success to fall back on and give us confidence. That’s the point at which we must know God for ourselves, have a relationship with Him, and trust Him. We need to be confident in God, and believe that He will come through for us and help us to move forwards in our dream. Caleb shows us that it’s not about our age, it’s about how much faith we have in God and how prepared we are to factor Him into the situation. So let’s not let a lack of confidence, in ourselves or in God, stop us from achieving great things for Him.
Build up your confidence in God today. Take time to read the Bible, memorise verses, talk to people who have strong faith, and remember times God’s come through for you before.