the grasshopper report

marmsky Feb (28)

devotional post # 2306

Numbers 13:26-33

Num 13:26 And they came to Moses and Aaron and to all the congregation of the people of Israel in the wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh. They brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land.
Num 13:27 And they told him, “We came to the land to which you sent us. It flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit.
Num 13:28 However, the people who stay in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large. And besides, we saw the descendants of Anak there.
Num 13:29 The Amalekites stay in the land of the Negev. The Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites stay in the hill country. And the Canaanites stay by the sea, and along the Jordan.”
Num 13:30 But Caleb quieted the people in the sight of Moses and said, “Let us go up at once and occupy it, because we are well able to overcome it.”
Num 13:31 Then the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, because they are stronger than we are.”
Num 13:32 So they brought to the people of Israel a bad report of the land that they had spied out, and this is what he said “The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people that we saw in it are of great height.
Num 13:33 And there we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak, who come from the Nephilim), and we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.”

the grasshopper report

The grasshopper report started out right, but then they got to the part after the “however.” From then on, all they could do was point out the size of the challenge to God’s will.

“Look”, says Caleb, “Let us go up at once and occupy it, because we are well able to overcome it.”

But the majority said that the people are too strong. They are giants. Friend, the grasshopper report is right. You cannot do what God wants you to do — without him. But with his help, the giants can be crushed — like grasshoppers.

Father God, you have called us to an impossible mission, but all things are possible with you.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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