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Our God is Big

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Our God is Big

Numbers 13: 2, 27-30

The Lord said to Moses, “Send some men to explore the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites. From each ancestral tribe send one of its leaders.”

27 They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. 28 But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. 29 The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan.” 30 Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”

Numbers 13 records that it was time for the Israelites to enter the Promised Land and God instructs Moses to send leaders from each tribe to explore the land of Canaan. But 10 spies came back with a doubtful report. It was only Joshua and Caleb who came back with a positive report, full of faith and hope. What these 10 spies failed to do were 2 things: 1) Remembering the Word of God and 2) seeing God for who He is.

Verse 2 clearly tells us that the job of the spies wasn’t to go into the land to see if it was ‘possible’ to conquer the land or to see if they stood a chance against these big giants. God had already told them that the land was theirs and God was giving it to them in verse 2. But the 10 spies did not remember or heed to God’s word. They neglected His Word and hence, they did not have any faith.

Another thing the failed to do was- instead of choosing to look to God and see how mighty and powerful He is, they chose to look to themselves and look at the circumstances. In contrast, Joshua and Caleb had the right sight of who God was. Joshua and Caleb never denied that the giants were in the land but because they had the right perspective of God, they were able to say ‘Lord, these Nephilim are giants compared to us, but they are only locusts when compared to you!’ Instead of comparing the giants to who they were, like the 10 spies, they compared the giants to God! They were able to ‘agree’ with God and not agree with the ‘reality’ of things because they had faith which was based on God’s Word and his promises.

What can we learn from this?

Whenever we face giants and the ‘impossibilities’ in our lives, let us turn our eyes on God and compare the impossible giants to God, not to ourselves. And let us be people of faith who hold unto the Word of God daily that we may not lose hope. My prayer for all of us is that we’ll develop an eye to see God for who He really is through our increased experiential knowledge of Him. Remember, giants or issues themselves are never the problem; it is our lack of ability to see God correctly that is the problem. May we all have the right vision of God and strong faith based on His promises, like Joshua and Caleb.