THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
Scripture: Numbers 13:27-33
Numbers 13:27-33 says, “Then they told him, and said: ‘We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there. The Amalekites dwell in the land of the South; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan.’ Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, ‘Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to 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 stronger than we.’ And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, ‘The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.’” The spies saw very large giants who were the descendants of Anak, the Hittites, the Jebusites, the Amorites and the Canaanites. Caleb claimed they could overcome what faced them but the others disagreed. Two of them stood on the Word and the other ten said the giants were bigger than they were. Verse 33 is very interesting and gives us a key to this issue. it says, “There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.” As the people saw themselves so did the enemy see them. If they had seen themselves victorious like Caleb and Joshua, I strongly suspect the enemy would have seen them as victorious. They made a choice. They took circumstances over promise and consequently, they died in the wilderness. We have a choice to make concerning God’s Word. When we know what the Word says, we can choose to oppose or promote it. Will we allow circumstances and situations to trump the Word of God? If we are going to walk with God we have to assert the Word over circumstances and situations. If the church understood this, I suspect we would be able to take situations and circumstances and put them under our feet like Caleb and Joshua. Will we do it? I trust we will, in Jesus name!