Mar 1 (Daily reading: Numbers 14-15) Israel refused to enter the Promised Land because of unbelief. When the ten spies discouraged them by saying that the people of that land were too strong for them, the people said, “Our brothers have made our hearts melt in fear” (Deut. 1:28). But they made a choice, because Caleb and Joshua were also reporting, saying that the Lord “will bring us into this land and give it to us” (14:8).
I am not a psychologist, but I see something significant in Numbers 13:33. The ten spies reported that some of the people in the land were like giants, and they said, “We were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight” (13:33). Isn’t that interesting? They looked at the huge men, and in their fear, they considered themselves as grasshoppers. The Message says, “We felt like grasshoppers, and they looked down on us as if we were grasshoppers.” They saw themselves as defeated—and so they were—the enemy had already won. We will be afraid if we allow Satan, the father of lies, to determine who we are. But consider David in his own encounter with a giant. Goliath ridiculed him and considered him to be a defenseless boy. David could have been intimidated; he could have seen himself as Goliath saw him, but no, he said, “I come to you in the name of the LORD of armies, the God of the armies of Israel” (1 Sam. 17:45). David was so much more than he appeared because God was with him!
The victory is won before we ever face the enemy because of this confidence: we are children of God and we have the Holy Spirit in us! Consider this truth: “Your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Col. 3:3). Can you imagine a better “bodyguard” against Satan’s attacks?
– Al Gary
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