Overcome the grasshopper mentality 1
'...next to them we felt like grasshoppers...' Numbers 13:33 NLT
You'll never know what you're made of spiritually until you come against something too big to handle alone. That's when you discover what you really believe. Moses sent twelve spies to scout out the land promised to the Israelites. They all saw the same thing: a land rich in honey and milk - and giants! It literally was a big problem!
Acknowledging or knowing there's a problem isn't lack of faith. And it's not a sin. The issue with the spies was in how they reacted to the problem. Ten said, 'We saw the giants...and we were like grasshoppers in our own eyes' (Numbers 13:33 NIV), but two spies called Joshua and Caleb said, '...do not fear the people of the land...The Lord is with us...' (Numbers 14:9 TLB). Real faith feeds off the stuff the enemy throws at us and beckons, 'Bring it on! The Lord is with me'
The negative report of the ten spies caused three reactions in the people: (1) Fear. Fear is irrational. It can make you forget every good thing God's promised you or done for you. (2) Some wanted to go back to Egypt - back to how things used to be. 'Um, hello?!' (3) Others wanted to settle in the wilderness. You can't settle in a problem. You've got to move with the cloud, otherwise today's manna is the last you'll see (read it in Exodus 16).
So what now? Is the God you serve bigger than the giant you see? He says he is. Believe him and face your problems head on!
Soulfood: Josh 14-15, Mark 10:1-12, Ps 20, Prov 23:10-12