I was reading Chapters 13 and 14 of Numbers about the spies that were sent into Canaan. One leader from each of the 12 tribes were sent to spy out the land. These men were each “leaders” in their tribes. All 12 of them saw the same thing with their natural eyes as they spied out the land. They saw that the land flowed with milk and honey BUT they also saw giants so when they came back, they made those GIANTS really big in the eyes of the people. (Numbers 13:28) It placed fear in them and that fear rapidly spread throughout the people. Caleb, on the other hand, told them that they were “well able to overcome it.” (Numbers 13:30) That word “able” means “to be able, to have power, having the capacity to prevail or succeed.” The people made the choice to believe “popular opinion” rather than stand upon God’s promise.
I would imagine that this was the “last straw” for the Lord. After all He had brought them through, they still lacked faith and looked at the “giants” rather than His promises to them. Moses begins to intercede for His people in Chapter 14. We find later in that Chapter that the end result was that they did not get to enter the promised land. All they went through since being delivered from Egypt and couldn’t enter the Promised Land. How sad is that?
Remember Caleb though, there was something different about him. Numbers 14:24 says “But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it.” Caleb went against “popular opinion” and stood on God’s Word despite how big the obstacles seemed.
As I read these chapters in Numbers, something jumped out at me. It is the importance of how a leader leads. These men were leaders from their tribes so I would assume they were probably respected by others. What a responsibility they were given as they headed out to spy out the land! I hadn’t really thought about their responsibilities to lead before. Their lack of “spiritual vision” and what they reported to the people cost an entire generation from entering into the Promised Land. All they could see were the giants in the land rather than the blessings on the other side of the adversity. God tells us in His Word that troubles will come but God always makes a way where there seems to be no way. There is nothing on this earth we will face that provision hasn’t already been made. It is vital that we look past the circumstances and see the provision and blessing on the other side of those circumstances. Those leaders had a huge responsibility but when they saw adversity on the horizon, they chose to speak the problems. What they saw affected not only themselves but an entire generation. They not only saw the giants but they saw themselves as grasshoppers. A grasshopper mentality is contrary to the Word of God. How we see ourselves often makes the difference as to whether we are victorious or defeated.
I wonder how a grasshopper mentality might be described. Perhaps thinking little of yourself; seeing yourself as insignificant; feeling inferior; thinking of yourself as someone who can’t; not liking yourself; you feel unqualified; unable to see beyond where you are or your circumstances changing.
Rather than seeing yourself as a grasshopper, begin to see yourself as a giant killer. This is not what God says about you. God says you were created in His image; He has empowered you with His strength; He has given you talents and giftings to reflect His image; He sacrificed His only Son, Jesus, to redeem you and to make provision for everything you will ever face. He will ALWAYS cause you to triumph.I wonder how a grasshopper mentality might be described. Perhaps thinking little of yourself; seeing yourself as insignificant; feeling inferior; thinking of yourself as someone who can’t; not liking yourself; you feel unqualified; unable to see beyond where you are or your circumstances changing.
How we see, what we see, how we perceive and how we speak are vital as Christians. Now only that, but how we see ourselves can make or break many things. How we see ourselves makes a huge difference in the words we speak and the words we speak bring either life or death. How the leaders (that were sent to spy the land) saw, perceived and spoke kept them and an entire generation from receiving the promised land and ultimately brought death to them and that generation.
God is looking for a people with a “different attitude”, an army of giant killers who will see themselves as He sees them and who will conquer the land despite life’s most difficult challenges. He desires to raise up sons and daughters who will speak the Word in faith no matter what they see with the natural eyes, that will be relentless in moving forward and never ever give up. God’s promises never come without adversity BUT adversity is so worth going through to get to God’s promises.
The question is- how do you see yourself? As a grasshopper or as a giant killer? Our attitudes, the way we handle adversity, the words we speak, make a difference not only in our own lives but in the lives of those around us. While there are different levels of leadership, we all lead someone. How are you leading? Your leadership is important!
“But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it.” Numbers 14:24