The Minority Report: 10 Saw Problems, 2 Saw Opportunities…Nothing’s Changed

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“They said to all the people of Israel, ‘The land we traveled through and explored is a wonderful land!‘”

Numbers 14:7

You’ve probably heard of the minority report? By the sounds of it, you might think it has something to do with politics, but it doesn’t. Not this one.

The minority report has to do with a minority not defined by sex or ethnicity but by attitude and worldview. This minority is a group that sees life differently from most, specifically because of their confidence in the character and promises of God.

The minority report comes from the story in the Bible where Moses sent 12 scouts into the Promised Land to do some reconnaissence and get some intel on their future home. Over 40 days, they covertly collected data about the place. No surprise, things were not perfect there. The fruit was huge and juicy, but there were also bad guys…really big ones.

When Moses asked for their report, the majority (10 out of 12) said it was a “no go” because of all the bad stuff they saw. The minority (2 out of 12), on the other hand, gave it a thumbs up and a green light. All twelve were in the same environment, seeing the same things, but their focal points were completely different: 10 saw nothing but problems, 2 also saw the problems but focused on the opportunities.

Because the minority processed everything from a viewpoint of faith, anchored in the conviction that “…God exists and that He rewards those that sincerely seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6), they noticed the good things and kept them vividly in the foreground. Not that they were naive or ignorant of the yucky stuff – they just didn’t zoom in on it. They chose instead to zoom in and keep zooming in on the good things.

…10 saw nothing but problems, 2 also saw the problems but focused on the opportunities.

As we approach the unknowns of today and beyond, will we be in the minority or the majority? Will we fix our attention on the giant problems lurking in the shadows, or on the abundance of opportunity in front of us? While we cannot afford to ignore the negatives, we also cannot afford to let them block our view of the goodness and grace of God evident all around us.

With these good things in view, we have all the evidence we need that God is with us and therefore, the best thing to do is to keep moving forward.

It’s a new day with God. Run with it.

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