Today’s devotion is from Numbers 13:33
“There we saw the giants; and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”
Twelve spies and Joshua came back from Canaan to give a report…
With the exception of Joshua and Caleb, the other 10 tribal leaders gave a negative report and tried to convince the Children of Israel to return as slaves to Egypt as slaves instead of receiving their God given inheritance. This has everything to do with how they saw themselves…
Hundreds of years of slavery had altered the way they saw themselves.
Instead of seeing themselves as powerful in God, they saw themselves as tiny, insignificant, worthless, helpless weaklings.
They saw themselves as grasshoppers compared to the giants.
Now, scholars say that the giants were probably about 10ft tall… some say that they may have been as tall as 13-15ft tall; so the giants were about twice as tall as a normal man, but in the eyes of the ten spies, the giants were 72 times taller than them… over 400ft tall. (Assuming that a grasshopper is about 1 inch tall)
The giants were very big to start off with, but the devil made them much, much bigger than they actually were in the tribal leaders minds.
The devil still tries to do the same thing today. He tries to magnify problems to such and extent that some Christians fall into such fear and panic, that they turn back and are no longer willing to live by faith. Do not fall into that trap!
You are the righteousness of God in Christ! You may be limited in your own strength, but you do not live according to your own limitations; you are seated in heavenly places in Christ and the devil is under your feet.
In Christ you are the giant and the devil is the grasshopper. See yourself as capable, wise and powerful in Christ.