One Can Prevent You
Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh remained alive of those men who
went to scout out the land.—Numbers
The decisions and disobedience of others will not cancel God's will for you.
Other people's actions will affect you, but no one can prevent what God wants to
do in and through you. Joshua and Caleb trusted God and yet were forced to
wander in a wilderness for forty years because of the fear and disbelief of
Have you ever felt that someone was thwarting God's will for you? Perhaps
someone kept you from getting a job or earning a promotion. Perhaps the
government would not approve your application or a committee disagreed with your
recommendation. Do you believe that mere man can stop God from accomplishing His
purposes in your life?
God did everything He intended to do in the lives of Joshua and Caleb. His
primary assignment for them had not been to enter the Promised Land but rather
to serve as godly leaders for their people. Joshua and Caleb could not lead the
people if they were in the Promised Land by themselves while the people were
still wandering in the wilderness! God kept these leaders in a position where
they could exert a godly influence upon their nation, and, as a result, they
became models of spiritual leadership for generations to come. Even so, God
ultimately brought Caleb and Joshua into the Promised Land just as He had said.
They had been delayed but not thwarted. Be assured of this: No one can hinder
God from carrying out His plans for your life. Once God sets something in
motion, no one can stop it (Isa.
46:11).—Experiencing God Day by Day