pramsay posted on May 27, 2008 03:10 1915 views


Have you ever wondered how people could look at the same thing but see something totally different? Why do weather forecasters tell you there’s a 30% chance of rain tomorrow? Why don’t they say a 70% chance of radiant sunshine?

Twelve influential men were selected to conduct a SWOT analysis of the new territory to be inhabited. They were assigned the task of looking at the strengths and weaknesses, as well as the opportunities and threats of the land. Their names aren’t in the news so much now but in their day they made the headlines as leaders. Shammua, Shaphat, Caleb, Igal, Joshua, Palti, Gaddiel, Gaddi, Ammiel, Sethur. Nahbi, and Geuel.

A lot was at stake. This new land had been the dream land for quite a while. A million people had been promised a better life in a better land. They were in transition, having left their life-long homes in hope of striking it rich in a new homeland. Just now they were camping in a wilderness – not really the type of a place you’d want to call home. The new land was still a dream for them.

So the Leadership Team of Twelve set out on their mission. It didn’t take long for some conclusions to emerge regarding the possibilities and threats. However, the Leadership Team couldn’t reach a consensus on their findings and a majority report had to be delivered – not a unanimous one. The majority saw only doom and gloom in the new land. The minority report filed by Monsieurs Caleb and Joshua was upbeat and positive with a recommendation for immediate action.

The majority of the leaders conceded the new land had potential but the threats far outnumbered the opportunities. The place was swarming with towering monster giants. “We’d be wiped out in a flash. They’d stomp on us like grasshoppers. Chew us up and spit us out.” People trembled and wept all night at the frightening forecast of such a bleak future.

The two who filed the minority report had an entirely different point of view. The land was not only awesome, the opportunities were many. “Let’s get going at once. With God on our side, we are well-equipped to take over the new land. There is no reason to worry or fear.”

The land… is a very, very good land.
If Jehovah delight in us, he will bring us into this land,
and give it us,
a land that flows with milk and honey;
only rebel not against Jehovah;
and fear not the people of the land; for they shall be our food.
Their defence is departed from them,
and Jehovah is with us: fear them not.
(Numbers 14:7-9)

It’s a sad day when leaders can’t see the opportunities with God on their side. How frightening it is for the rest of the Christians if spiritual leaders are negative and see only doom and gloom in the days ahead. How depressing it is to hear ministry that holds very little hope for the future testimony.

Two of the twelve saw hope, potential, opportunity, growth and success. What made the difference? Be sure of this – it had nothing to do with 10 being pessimists and 2 being optimists. It wasn’t a personality thing. It was a spiritual issue. Two of the twelve had their eyes on the Lord – the other ten looked at circumstances and themselves and concluded decline and disaster were inevitable.


Shammua, Shaphat, Igal, Palti, Gaddiel, Gaddi, Ammiel, Sethur, Nahbi, and Geuel

Me God Circumstances:

Caleb and Joshua

What kind of a leader would you like to be? What impressions are you leaving with other Christians? Are you going around saying: “Things are on the decline!”  Or… “Through God we can see amazing things accomplished!”

Where do you have God situated in your outlook on life?

Walk carefully and closely with the Lord today.

Warmly in Christ

Peter Ramsay

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