Facing the Giants
Several days ago while reading the Bible I read about the men who were sent to scout out the land of Canaan. I love this story because we should look at what we are focusing on. Are we focusing on the giants that are in front of us, or are we focusing on all the good that surrounds us? This story is found in Numbers chapters 13-14 (if you want to read it for yourself).
The Lord said to Moses, "send out men to explore the land of Canaan, the land I am giving to the Israelites. Send one leader from each of the twelve ancestral tribes." So they went up and explored the land as instructed through Negev into the hill country. Going north they passed through the Negev and arrived at Hebron, where Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai lived. These were the giant sons of Anak. When they came to the valley of Eschol, they cut down a branch with a single cluster of grapes so large that it took two of them to carry it on a pole between them! They also brought back samples of the pomegranates and figs.
After exploring the land for forty days, the men returned. This was their report to Moses: We entered the land you sent us to explore, and it is indeed a bountiful country-a land flowing with milk and honey. Here is the kind of fruit it produces. But (there's that word that changes our perspective) the people living there are powerful, and their towns are large and fortified. We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak.
But Caleb tried to quiet the people as they stood before Moses, "Let's go at once to take the land, " he said. "We can certainly conquer it."
But the other men who had explored the land with him disagreed. "We can't go up against them! They are stronger than we are!" So they spread this bad report about the land among the Israelites: "The land we traveled through and explored will devour anyone who goes to live there. All the people we saw were huge. We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak. Next to them we felt like grasshoppers, and that's what they thought too!"
Joshua and Caleb had quite a different story to tell. They said to all the people of Israel, "The land we traveled through and explored is a wonderful land! And if the Lord is pleased with us, he will bring us safely into that land and give it to us. It is a rich land flowing with milk and honey. Do not rebel against the Lord, and don't be afraid of the people of the land. They are only helpless prey to us! They have no protection, but the Lord is with us! Don't be afraid of them!"
Right now I know several people who are facing giants. There were ten out of twelve leaders who focused on the giants. This bad report included them saying we saw giants several times what happened to the way the report started out? They were so worried about the giants they felt like grasshoppers next to them. They had convinced themselves that there was no way of defeating these giants. Don't believe those reports from negative people!
Joshua and Caleb believed what the Lord had already told them. The Lord was going to give them this land flowing with milk and honey. All they had to do was go explore the land and report back what they had seen.
Whatever giants you are facing today there is no need to worry. God is on our side. If God is for us, who can be against us (Romans 8:31). Whatever type of healing you need whether it is physical, emotional, or spiritual the Word says by His stripes we are healed. Thank you Jesus!!! All the good and wonderful things you have seen in the past rest assured you will see them again. You just haven't seen it yet, that's all. God is working on your behalf right now. Believe it, receive it, and thank Him for it. I know easier said than done, but when we put our trust in God He does all the work and fights our battles for us. Guess what the victory is already won!!!!!