"Call to me and I will answer you, and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. " Jeremiah 33:3

Monday, February 6, 2012

"The LORD now said to Moses, "Send out men to explore the land of Canaan, the land I am giving to the Israelites. Send one leader from each of the twelve ancestral tribes." Numbers 13:1-2 NLT

Moses sent out twelve leaders one from each of the tribes to go into Canaan and scout it all out and then come back and give all of Israel a report of the land that God has promised to give them. They were gone forty days and nights and ten men of the twelve reported in Numbers 13:35 AMP the following; "There 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."

Two of the leaders that were part of the original twelve came back with this report as written in Numbers 14:6,9 NLT; "Two of the men who had explored the land, Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, tore their clothing. Do not rebel against the LORD and don't be afraid of the people of the land. They are only helpless prey to us! They have no protection, but the Lord is with us! Don't be afraid of them!"

How could twelve men go and scout the same land and come back with totally differing accounts of what they had seen? What caused the disparity in their reports? The ten leaders saw the very same things that Joshua and Caleb saw, or did they?

The ten approached the promised land as a land that they were responsible to conquer.

Joshua and Caleb approached the promised land as a land that God was going to give them as they came into it to possess it. They believed God's promise and they knew God was with them.

The ten saw the giants and because they believed and were relying on their own strength, they viewed the giants from their perspective and they were afraid. They felt like grasshoppers and they believed that was how the giants viewed them, as grasshoppers.

Joshua and Caleb saw the same giants but because they knew and believed that God was with them, they viewed the giants from God's perspective and it wasn't any contest! Now who looks like grasshoppers?

"Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, "We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we will surely overcome it. But the men who had gone up with him said, "We are not able to go up against the people, for they are too strong for us." Numbers 13:30-31 NASB

As believers in Christ we have choice to make when faced with giants, we can view our giant as something or someone we have to conquer, or we can view our giant as something or someone God our Mighty Warrior will give us victory over!

What giants are you facing; Poverty? Your God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory. Fear? Fear not for I am with you, do not anxiously look around you for I am your God. Cancer? Is anything too hard for God? Cancer is just a word to God. Our God is Sovereign: over fear, over poverty, over cancer, over Satan, over all of heaven and earth and He is Sovereign over your life and mine! God is for us, who can be against us? Nothing can separate us from His love, absolutely nothing, and no one can snatch us out of His hand!!! Everyone and everything is a grasshopper to God, there are no giants from His perspective and He is our Daddy and He loves us with an everlasting love!!!

Trials are part of life, keep your eyes on Jesus and you can walk on top of the waves of your storm! No matter how high the waves, no matter how fierce the wind, no matter how dark the skies, Jesus is always in complete control and His loving eyes are on you, He is praying for you and He is as close as your breath. Praise Him in the storm for one day you will hear Him speak to your storm and say, "Peace be still." And you will find yourself safely on shore with Him.

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