GIANTS OR GRASSHOPPERS?

When Israel sent scouts to explore the Promised Land, Joshua and Caleb returned confident—”Let’s go at once to take the land. We can certainly conquer it!”

The rest were not so sure, and spread a bad report among the Israelites—”We can’t possibly attack those people, for they are stronger than we are! The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there were huge. We even saw Nephilim there. We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes and we looked the same to them.”

THEY SEEMED LIKE GRASSHOPPERS IN THEIR OWN EYES

And so the people wept and grumbled and moaned. In their rebellion, they clamored to return to Egypt as slaves rather than enter their destiny as God’s chosen in their Promised Land!

Do you see what these faithless spies did to sow fear and defeat among their fellow Israelites? Assailed by doubt, they exaggerated and amplified the enemy assets, and minimized God’s. They made God a grasshopper like themselves, and their foe like giants! No wonder the Lord said, How long will these people treat me with contempt?

EVEN THE FAITHFUL ARE PRONE TO FORGET

Forgotten was the Lord’s miraculous liberation from their hardship and hard labor in a foreign land. Forgotten was God’s parting of the Red Sea, allowing Israel to cross on dry ground before swallowing Pharaoh’s armies and chariots in a watery grave. The manna? The quail? The water gushing from a desert rock? The cloud by day and the fire by night? All of them – forgotten— forfeited along with His myriad promises and miracles.

The result? Israel wandered like grasshoppers for 40 years, dying in the desert, giving place to a new generation of gutsy go-getters, ready to enter the land of their destiny, undeterred by giants or grasshoppers, trusting God to help them conquer the land that He had promised them. Conquest relied on their absolute dependency on God, circling walled cities with armies of praise, watching Him set ambushes for the enemy, taking their marching orders from the Lord each step of the way.

THEIR WAR CRY?

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

What are the things coming against you in this season?
Do you see them as giants or grasshoppers?
Where is God asking you to remember His promises and past victories in your behalf?

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