It’s a sickness occurring everyday in the lives of God’s people! Every time we choose to look at and respond to a circumstance without the Lord, His character, His Love, His power, His wisdom, His faithfulness, His promises we are practicing spiritual amnesia.
Ten of the twelve spies sent from among the children of Israel to scout out the land of Canaan, the land that God had promised to give them as an inheritance concluded: “we are not able to go up against this people, for they are stronger than we” (Numbers 13:31). A decision was made about what they were (and were not) able to do solely on their own abilities and strengths. They had somehow forgotten about God destroying the entire Egyptian army in their defense through His hand alone and the ongoing daily miracles of sustaining their lives with manna from heaven. Spiritual amnesia was clouding their thinking and perverting their judgment. It would cost them the “promised land”.
How often do we get stuck deciding not to do something simply because we’ve concluded “we are not able” based on our own abilities and resources?
Joshua and Caleb however, in spite of what they saw with their eyes, in spite of the influences of their peers, chose to see the present challenge in light of the powerful Presence of God. “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it” (Number 13:30) “If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us” (Numbers 14:8) By choosing to view the obstacles through a lens of faith they were enabled to embrace a vision of possibilities. The possibilities of what could be when you take God at His word and partner with Him through faith and obedience.
Don’t allow spiritual amnesia to prevent you from experiencing the promises of God. Take Him at His Word and engage prayerfully with Him through the decisions, challenges and choices you make. As you do, a renewed vision of possibilities will be opened to you!