Facing Giants

Numbers 13:1-2 GOD spoke to Moses: “Send men to scout out the country of Canaan that I am giving to the People of Israel. Send one man from each ancestral tribe, each one a tried-and-true leader in the tribe.”

These men left on their journey for 40 days. When they returned back to camp, they gave their report. Good men like Joshua and Caleb saw a land of opportunity with God by their side. The rest of the men began causing fear throughout the country with a negative report. Numbers 13:27-29 “We went to the land to which you sent us and, oh! It does flow with milk and honey! Just look at this fruit! The only thing is that the people who live there are fierce, their cities are huge and well fortified. Worse yet, we saw descendants of the giant Anak. Amalekites are spread out in the Negev; Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites hold the hill country; and the Canaanites are established on the Mediterranean Sea and along the Jordan.”

The Israelites quickly forgot the power of God. They forgot about the grapes so large that it took two men just to carry a cluster of them. No, they focused on the fortified walls and the giants. The Israelites whole future depended on this trip. They began complaining to Moses about why God sent them all the way to the desert just to die. They failed to face forward, instead looking backward at the certainty of slavery versus the uncertainty of freedom. They would rather be slaves to the Egyptians then trust that God would lead them into battle. They focused on the giant in their life and wanted to run and hide. They did not want to face the giants or the big cities. They liked their comfort zones.

These are a people who lived in tents surrounding the tabernacle. Each day and night, God was present with them either by cloud or by fire. He continued to be present, but this was not enough for the Israelites. They forgot the power of God, the food falling from the sky, the Red Sea splitting down the middle. They only focused on the giants. For their lack of faith, they would all die in the desert, save Joshua and Caleb.

How do you handle giants or large problems? Do you complain? Do you try to look for God in the midst of your struggles? Do you run? Be like Joshua and Caleb who stated in Numbers 13:30 Caleb interrupted, called for silence before Moses and said, “Let’s go up and take the land—now. We can do it.”

Heres a great song about watching the Giants Fall. http://youtu.be/A6LVkcfgmnc

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