Grasshoppers or Giants

Numbers 13:25-33  25And they returned from scouting out the land after forty days.  26They came to Moses and Aaron and to all the Israelite congregation in the Wilderness of Paran at Kadesh, and brought them word, and showed them the land’s fruit.   27They told Moses, We came to the land to which you sent us; surely it flows with milk and honey. This is its fruit. 28But the people who dwell there are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large; moreover, there we saw the sons of Anak [of great stature and courage].  29Amalek dwells in the land of the South (the Negeb); the Hittite, the Jebusite, and the Amorite dwell in the hill country; and the Canaanite dwells by the sea and along by the side of the Jordan [River]. 30Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once and possess it; we are well able to conquer it.  31But his fellow scouts said, We are not able to go up against the people [of Canaan], for they are stronger than we are. 32So they brought the Israelites an evil report of the land which they had scouted out, saying, The land through which we went to spy it out is a land that devours its inhabitants. And all the people that we saw in it are men of great stature.   33There we saw the Nephilim [or giants], the sons of Anak, who come from the giants; and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

I chose this passage today to show you that what you meditate on becomes what you see in your life. We see here that Moses sent a group of men to spy out the land. It is important to note that in verse 2 God said Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel:  They came back and reported that it was indeed a wonderful land, but there were enemies all around, and the enemies were giants at that. Caleb spoke up and said, “Let’s go, we are able to overcome any obstacle and possess our land.” Everyone else said “the enemy is too big, we look like grasshoppers compared to them.”  All of the men saw the same thing in the natural, but Joshua  and Caleb didn’t focus on what they saw, they instead focused on what God said- This is the land I have given you. If they had not meditated on the words God had spoken they probably would have had the same view as the other spies. Ephesians 4:23 says be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude]. Again we see that we have to renew our minds continually, refresh what we think and replace our thoughts with God’s thoughts.

So, how does this tie into being led by the spirit of God? Let’s go back to today’s passage. God spoke and gave direction to the children of Israel. Two of the men took hold of what God said and didn’t lose their focus despite the enormity of the obstacles. However, the rest of the spies and the entire nation of Israel didn’t hold fast to what God said. If God spoke it, the ability was there to defeat the enemy. If the entire nation would have meditated on the Word and believed what was said, they would have gone into battle, overtaken the enemy and emerged victorious, possessing the land they were promised. Instead, the spies died of a plague, the people were defeated by the enemy, and had to keep wandering around in the desert. They were being led to overcome, but they defeated themselves before they even went into battle. How often in our lives are we led by God, but since we don’t renew our minds we defeat ourselves? How are we looking at our situation? Do we see ourselves as giants, well able to overcome, or do we instead see ourselves as grasshoppers? Begin to meditate on the Word and you will see yourself as a champion in every circumstance in your life!

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