This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “vote”.
Does your vote really matter?
It probably didn’t seem that way to Joshua and Caleb. After escaping slavery in Egypt, and a long and arduous journey through the wilderness, they had reached the Promised Land. (For the full story, check out Numbers 13 and 14.)
They had been chosen from their tribes to check out the land along with ten others, and they came back with a glowing report.
It was a land of abundance and beauty – a land flowing with milk and honey. They couldn’t wait to claim it as their own.
But then the other spies spoke up:
“The people are too fierce and powerful.”
“They’re much stronger than we are.”
“We can’t go back into the land. They’ll kill us!”
When it came to the vote, only Joshua and Caleb, along with Moses, had faith. This was the land God had led them to. He was with them. Of course he could help them conquer the land!
But they were overruled by thousands of others, and they had no choice but to turn around.
How frustrating it must have been! To get so close to receiving all God had promised and then to be outvoted. I can only imagine their sorrow as they walked away from the land, and their frustration that they had no power to persuade the others.
It must have seemed that their vote of faith counted for nothing!
But, fast-forward forty years. The Israelites are at the edge of the Promised Land once again…
None of the other ten spies are there. They have died along the way.
But Joshua and Caleb are there. Joshua has become the leader after the death of Moses, and Caleb is still going strong and holding onto hope that his vote for faith was not for nothing after all:
“My brothers who went with me frightened the people from entering the Promised Land. For my part, I wholeheartedly followed the Lord my God. So that day Moses solemnly promised me, “The land of Canaan on which you were just walking will be your grant of land and that of your descendants forever, because you wholeheartedly followed the Lord my God.” (Joshua 14:8-9 NLT)
Joshua and Caleb may have been outvoted, but in the end they were the ones to enter the land and receive what God had promised. Even Moses, though he died before entering the land, eventually got to stand there many years later with Jesus. (Matthew 17:1-9)
It may feel futile, and we may not always be able to influence others as we hope, but God sees the heart, and a vote for faith is never wasted!