There we saw the giants; and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.
Numbers 13:33, NKJV
Have you ever faced a seemingly insurmountable task or opposition? I’m sure we all have faced circumstances that seem impossible in the natural. In this Scripture, we pick up the occasion in Numbers in which Moses sent out spies into the Promised Land.
We know that ten of the twelve spies came back with a negative report. Joshua and Caleb were ready to conquer every giant and take possession of their promises. Here are a couple thoughts as you encounter the giants of life. Remember, our God is not a grasshopper; He is bigger than every giant you could face!
1. The same God that gives you access and favor behind the enemy lines will give you the victory over your circumstance.
The spies, obviously shorter in stature than the current occupants, were able to move freely behind enemy lies and spy out the land. This presents an obvious issue. The Israelite spies are obviously outsiders and yet are able to determine the inhabitability of the land and the military strength of their enemy.
2. We do not shrink back in fear, but we advance to conquer.
Hebrews 10:29 says, we are not of those who turn away or shrink back, but of those who have faith and advance. The spies with the bad report reverted back to their old life of slavery and torture. They forgot the possibilities and were trapped by fear. Fear will always keep you out of what can be in the land of what was.
3. God is a Promise Keeper not a Manipulator
God did not bring the Israelites this far on their journey to the Promised Land to leave them stranded. God does not manipulate us out of fear and guilt, He brings us out to bring us in. God always exchanges our worst for His best; our sin for His righteousness; our insignificance for His identity. Consider even our tithe: God receives ten percent and exchanges it for bountiful blessing.
4. As a Man Thinks, so is He
The spies reported of their small stature: “We were like grasshoppers.” Your life in view of the great possibilities ahead, may cause your insecurities to arise and your stature in Christ to diminish. Maybe God has called you to step out of something old to enter into something new and the possibility is overwhelming. The spies said we were like grasshoppers, “in our own sight.” How the spies saw themselves became the report they shared with others. How do you identify yourself? Are you trusting in a God that is able to kill the giants or do you view Him as a grasshopper? Begin to magnify God today in worship, and see Him as bigger than any circumstance you face. It’s time to see through eyes of faith and not fear.