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.”
But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. We saw the Nephilim there … We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”
Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had explored the land, tore their clothes and said to the entire Israelite assembly, “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. If the LORD is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. Only do not rebel against the LORD. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the LORD is with us. Do not be afraid of them.”
Many miles after that first call of Moses, the people of Israel have finally made it to the Promised Land… almost. But, their own lack of faith in God’s power keeps many of the Israelites from actually going in. Notice the subtle change in words that makes all the difference in verse 33: the Israelites don’t say “we are grasshoppers,” but rather, “we seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes” (emphasis added).
I am totally struck by this idea. God has called us to a place and a people. God has continually shown us that He is ‘in charge’ and is working to bring us to that place. But, I still find myself feeling like a ‘grasshopper in my own eyes’ many days. May our (yours and mine) report be,
“The Lord is with us. Do not be afraid.”
Thoughts for today:
- Has God given you a ‘Promised Land’?
- What is preventing you from getting there?
- What are your obstacles to believing in complete faith that God will bring it about?
- Will you join us on our journey into the “Promised Land?” How?