So I’ve been reading the bible in Numbers specifically chapter 13, where twelve chosen men were sent to spy out the promised land to see whether it was good or bad and if the people there were weak or strong, the land fat or lean, you know just to verify some things God had already told them. On return the men reported to Moses, Aaron, and the rest of the congregation that the land was indeed flowing with milk and honey…”BUT”
31 But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.
32 And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.
33 And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.
Aww, so disappointing. After all the miracles and provision the Israelite people had experienced they were about to back out due to fear and unbelief. Even though God had promised them through Moses that he would drive out the Canaanites from before them (Exodus 33:22, Exodus 23:30) still, they did not believe God could make good on his word although, they had seen the promised land for themselves, and that it was in fact flowing with milk and honey .
Many of us christians do this exact thing sometimes. We read about, witness and personally experience God’s promises, miracles and abundant grace all throughout our everyday lives yet when we again come face to face with what seems to be a giant of a situation in the natural we coward down as if we were seeing ourselves as grasshoppers in the sight of giants about to be crushed.
In the story it says that there were twelve men sent out, but two came back with a different report, and one of those men was Caleb. We can really learn some things from Caleb, check out what he said;
30 And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.
What heart! I mean the remaining ten leaders, excluding Joshua, came with this evil report of weak, faithless, defeat and unbelief, speaking of what they saw in the natural. Caleb was there and I’m sure he observed the same things the other men did although he had a different report. This Caleb guy literally took God for his word. He was confident enough to believe, speak and even ready to act on the promise immediately and with full assurance that the land was theirs to possess. Just like God said!
What is it God is calling you to do? to believe? to possess? Is it something intangible to the naked eye, impossible to the unbelieving, a ridiculous and unreachable dream even to family and close friends? Whatever it is I encourage you to decide today to receive and act on what God has promised with courage, faith, and a spirit of victory. Even when there are giants all around and you’re in the midst of naysayers set yourself apart by seeing what God says, and not what your natural eyes see. Believe that whatever God said is your’s, is your’s and all you need to do is enter in, and possess it. It’s a done deal.
Always remember the God in us is bigger than any giant there is;=)
Be A Blessing!