Years ago, during the housing bubble, a majority of home buyers were in a frenzy to purchase real estate. Sellers would put their homes up for sale one day and by the next they had multiple offers to choose from, many above the asking price! Seeing the majority of buyers getting worked up over purchasing a home just perpetuated the frenzy. The collective impatience of a majority of buyers created a demand which drove up the price of real estate. Then the bubble popped and prices fell. Many people ended up with devalued homes and mortgages they couldn’t afford.
Being swayed by the impatience of a majority is a dangerous place to be, especially as a Christian. Often, impatience is simply the fruit of unbelief. We must be careful that we do not become impatient with God’s timing and that we don’t allow ourselves to be affected by the impatience of others.
I love the example that Joshua and Caleb set in scripture of standing firm against the impatience and unbelief of the majority. In Numbers 13, God instructs Moses to send out 12 spies to gather information about the land which God had promised the people of Israel. When the spies returned, 10 of them (the majority) gave a bad report of God’s promise, saying in verse 32, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants.”
Their unbelief spread through the entire congregation to the point that they told Moses in Numbers 14:3, “Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?” Because of the spies’ unbelief the entire group was willing to go back into bondage!
Think about that for a moment. Have you ever looked back with longing on the dark times of your life, not because you actually wanted to go back, but because you were afraid of the uncertainty of the future? Because of our tendency to fear the unknown, sometimes the certainty of a bad situation can seem more appealing than the uncertainty of a good one … but that’s a deception.
Fear of the unknown can rob us of being willing to step out in faith. If God makes you a promise, remind yourself of His goodness and faithfulness. Don’t dwell on the unknown.
You see, two of the spies, Joshua and Caleb, had faith in God’s promise and perfect timing. Their response in Numbers 14:8 is one of faith—“If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us.” As a result of their faith, Joshua and Caleb eventually entered the Promised Land, but the unbelieving majority died in the wilderness and never witnessed God’s promise fulfilled.
God does not surrender to the will of the majority and neither should we. God alone reigns supreme and if He truly is our Lord, then we as His followers must obey and trust in Him.