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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Outlandish (05/19/11)

TITLE: A Wild and Crazy Faith
By Kristi Huseby


What would cause someone to go against the tide of social influence? What would make them stand up against a vast amount of their peers and refuse to go along with what they believe? Peer pressure is a powerful force and few can stand against it. However, there were two men in the Bible who did just that . . .

Caleb and Joshua were chosen, along with ten other men, to explore the Promised Land and give a report to Moses and the people. When they returned ten of the spies were against conquering the land. This is what they said, ďThe land we traveled through and explored will devour anyone who goes to live there. All the people we saw were huge. We even saw giants there. Next to them we felt like grasshoppers, and thatís what they thought, too!Ē (Numbers 13:32-33 NLV)

Caleb and Joshua disagreed! This is what Caleb said ďLetís go at once to take the land, we can certainly conquer it!Ē (Numbers 13:30 NLV) "But all the people began to cry and weep. Then the whole community began weeping aloud, and they cried all night. Their voices rose in a great chorus of protest against Moses and Aaron." (Numbers 14:1-2 NLV)

What is amazing is Joshua and Calebís response to all of this. By now it's easy to think they would have given in to this pressure but they didnít. Listen to what they said, ďThe land we traveled through and explored is a wonderful land! And if the LORD is pleased with us, he will bring us safely into that land and give it to us. It is a rich land flowing with milk and honey. Do not rebel against the LORD, and donít be afraid of the people of the land. They are only helpless prey to us! They have no protection, but the LORD is with us! Donít be afraid of them!Ē

What caused Caleb and Joshua to stand against the tide of social influence? When everyone else was trembling in fear because of the vast fortified cities and the giants in the land, they were ready to march ahead. They knew who God was! They had seen over and over again Godís mighty work on behalf of their nation. They had witnessed His constant faithfulness and they believed! They saw the Promised Land through different lenses. They understood that the God who created the Universe, who hung the stars in space and formed the land would stand with them, go before them and they had nothing to fear!

In the eyes of the Israelites, Caleb and Joshua had an outlandish faith! Their faith was wild and crazy and completely illogical. But this wild and crazy faith was rooted in an amazing, outlandish God who had proven Himself over and over to them.

What kind of faith do you have? How big is your God? Do you trust Him when things seem impossible, when you canít see what He is doing? Do you view your life through earthly lenses or through heavenly ones? Do you believe you have an outlandish God?

The only way to develop this kind of faith is to KNOW your God. So I challenge you to get into His Word and discover who He is. He will not disappoint!

ďThis is what the Lord says: ďDonít let the wise boast in their wisdom, or the powerful boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches. But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone:
that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord who demonstrates unfailing love . . .Ē
(Jeremiah 9:23-24 NLV)

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Sandy Ott05/26/11
This is an excellent devotional message! God does not dissapoint if you trust Him, knowing His character and believing He has your best interest at heart. Well written!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/26/11
This is a perfect devotion for teens who are facing peer pressure today. What great examples you gave of overcoming peer pressure in Biblical times! This is great!
Lisa Fowler05/26/11
Love this! Excellent title. Great take on the topic. Way to write on point! Keep up the good work. Thanks for sharing.
Bonnie Bowden 05/28/11
Excellent message about standing up to peer pressure. I liked your examples.
Jennifer Hill05/30/11
Amen! Your devotion went so well with our Pastor's message yesterday! God must be wanting me to take note of how awesome, outlandish, amazing He is! He is! He never fails! He is good! He is my everything, no one else can be my all in all! Thank you for your writing and allowing me the chance to praise Our Awesome, Outlandish God!
diana kay06/02/11
it is good to see this writing about those outstanding courageous men of faith. Thank you for reminding us :-)
diana kay06/02/11
congratulations for being top of level one see you in the next level :-)
Bonnie Bowden 06/02/11
Congratulations on your 1st place in the Beginner's category. I think you show great promise as a writer and I look forward to reading more from you.
Jennifer Hill06/02/11
Congrats on placing number 1 this week at level 1! Way to go!!!!!
Verna Mull 06/03/11
Congratulations on your no.1 rating. It was well-deserved. A very convicting article. There would have been a different story in the Bible if the other 8 spies could have caught and held the vision of Joshua and Caleb. I enjoyed this immensely