Does majority always rule? I mean, when you’re outnumbered, even though you know you’re right, do you give in or give up? Do you cave under the pressure of what everyone else thinks? Going along with the flow… not making any waves… upsetting the crowd? Because I can tell you with all certainty, there are times the majority is dead wrong. Not that I wanted to or needed to be right, but I remember the times I stood before the opposition and got out voted, because of popular consensus… because of limited vision… because of lack of faith… because of ease and expediency.
If you were to read the 13th and 14th chapters of the the book of Numbers you would read about twelve men who were commissioned to spy out the land God had promised the people of Israel. First, understand that! God had already promised the land to them – it was already theirs. When God gave the order to Moses to send these men out to spy the land, He didn’t send them out to see if they could capture it – it didn’t need capturing. It was theirs. When the twelve were selected and Moses sent them out, he assigned them the task of finding out what the land was like – good or bad? What were the people like – strong or weak? What were the cities like – open camps or fortified? Never once were they to determine if they could take the land. It was theirs already.
Even when they went out, they found the abundance and fatness of the land overwhelming. Yet, when they returned, all that was good was presented as unreachable, unattainable, unworkable. When they gave the report they told everybody the land was all that it was said to be – flowing with milk and honey. BUT, there was just too much to overcome – the people were giants.
Two men, Caleb and Joshua, understood the land was already theirs and encouraged the people just to go take it. However, the other ten kept giving the bad report and even told the people…
“… we became like grasshoppers in our own sight…” Numbers 13:33
What bad report have you listened to and believed? That you’re not good enough – never have been… never will be? That you blew it last time and can never be trusted to make a decision again? That you failed miserably and therefore have no right to speak up? You’re a loser? A failure?
Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: Joshua and Caleb knew the Word of the LORD. They knew the land was theirs because God said so. Do you know what He’s said about you? “Do not fear for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!” (Isaiah 43:1). Yes, the majority might have the louder voice and more votes. It still doesn’t make them right. Know who you are! Know Who you believe! Know the battle has already been won!
Strengthen me today to believe even when the masses are against me. In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.
Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen