Bible Study: Slaying Giants – Week 2

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Faith in His Power
Excerpts and Thoughts from Chapter 2

This week’s Reading: Numbers 14 & Matthew 14

As you read numbers chapter 14 this week, notice what Caleb says in verse 9:

Only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the Lord is with us: fear them not. (Numbers 14:9, KJV)

“They are bread for us,” he said. You see, Caleb saw what many Christians fail to see—that trials are the very thing that strengthen us. That the giants we conquer are as bread to our soul, and by the power of God working in us and through us, we grow.

We’ve all found the courage to face obstacles in our lives. Days when we put aside fear to step out in faith. After all, there are some things we just can’t avoid. And then, there are people like David and Caleb—even people you may know today—faithful servants who run to the battle, leaving behind the comforts of home to glorify God.

In Joshua Chapter 14, we see Joshua dividing the land up between the families. Because of Caleb’s faithfulness, however, the land was promised to him. And so, rather than simply assigning a piece of land to Caleb, Joshua gave him a choice. And what did he choose? To dwell in the land of the giants.

“I am still as strong today as I was 45 years ago,” he said, “and I’m just as ready to go out to battle now as I was then. Give me the land that the Lord promised me that day and let me go after the giants. With the Lord on my side, I will drive them out just as he said!” (Paraphrased from Joshua 14:10-12)

Caleb’s courage wasn’t based on a loose perception of God, or his own ability to fight, it was based on God’s promise that the land would be theirs. Notice his words, in Joshua 14:10 where he says, “Now then, just as the Lord promised, he has kept me alive for forty-five years…” He had a promise that God would give them the land, and he held to that promise. It’s a child-like faith that takes God at His Word and stands by each promise He’s made.

This Week’s Challenge:

Make a running list this week of some of the promises you have found in scripture, such as “He listens when we pray, Psalm 10:17” and “He protects the unwary, Psalm 116:5-6.” Use this list as a source of comfort when you’re afraid or feeling down.

Take Note:

As you go through the questions at the end of each chapter, you’ll find that some of them relate to you personally. There’s no right or wrong answer with these questions as they are designed for soul searching. 

I will be back on Friday to give you my thoughts on this chapter and some of the questions from the study guide. Again, if you are looking for the printable chapter, you can find it at the bottom of the email you receive from Time-Warp Wife. If you have any trouble subscribing, feel free to email me at darlene @darleneschacht.net (no spaces in that email address)

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