Giants, Grasshoppers and God
Do you remember the Bible story of Joshua, Caleb and the ten spies Moses sent into Canaan to spy out the land God had promised the children of Israel? What did the spies see and conclude? Twelve spies saw giants. Ten of those spies saw themselves as grasshoppers compared to the giants. Two of the spies, Joshua and Caleb, saw God. Joshua and Caleb knew they served an all-powerful God who had done mighty things to deliver them from slavery in Egypt. So, they delivered a faith-filled report to Moses that the nation of Israel was more than able to possess Canaan. Sadly, the nation gave themselves over to fear and followed the advice of the ten, not the two. Thus, the nation then spent the next 40 years wandering in the desert, in a state of despair.
Each man, woman and child alive looks through his/her eyes at the world around and makes assessments every day. The way in which we see the world is our paradigm, our glasses. What kind of glasses are you wearing today? Are your glasses like the ones worn by the ten spies who predicted doom, gloom, and hid away in the desert far from their giants? Or, are your glasses like the ones worn by Joshua and Caleb? Glasses that see God and his ability to do the impossible?
“With God’s strength and power,” Caleb said, “we are more than able to take possession of the land.” The Holy Spirit is challenging the Body of Christ in all nations of the earth to hope in God. “Lift up your eyes. Look at the fields! They are ready for harvest.” It’s time for the church to put its hope fully in God. No more fear-based desert wandering! It’s time to take possession of the promises God has given to us. It’s time to put on the glasses of hope and watch as God leads us through, from glory to glory.