A long time ago, God was leading His people, Israel, to Canaan (the promised land), through Moses. At this point Moses sent out 12 spies- according to God’s command- to check out this new land.
“Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a leader among them” Numbers 13:2.
The spies, 12 of them, brought back so good report:
“Then they told him, and said: ‘We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit‘ ” Numbers 13:27.
10 of them gave the congregation the bad news:
“Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there” Numbers 13:28.
Caleb tried to calm the people down and tell them they could overcome the land, but these guys would hear none of it.
“But the men who had gone up with him said, ‘We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.’ And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, ‘The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. There we saw the giants ( the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight‘” Numbers 13:31-33.
Its amazing that despite the fact that God had done great things for and through Israel, they still saw themselves as grasshoppers. At this point, God had supernaturally freed them from Egypt, drowned Pharaoh’s army, given them water from a rock and protected them. Its no wonder the writer of Hebrews said “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God” (Hebrews 3:12). It’s a grave thing to discard the Word of God by unbelief.
The insistence of Israelites on the opinion that they were helpless against the giants in the land was seen as not just a bad report by God, but an evil report. God had given them assurances that they would take the land, but they seemed to believe the sons of Anak were more powerful than God. It was evil because they refused to believe God’s Word and His promise. He had made them a great nation but they chose to see themselves as grasshoppers.
Isn’t that how we act sometimes? God tells us we are more than conquerors, but we argue that we can’t break through. He tells us we have overcome the world, but argue that we are overcome by the world. He tells us we are blessed, but we argue that we are not. We are giants, but we choose to act like grasshoppers. We always want to feel oppressed and downtrodden instead acting the kings we are, seated in heavenly places.
Stop acting like the Israelites! Quit that unbelief and hold fast to what God has said in His Word. He has said “For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord As the waters cover the sea” (Isaiah 11:9), believe that quicker than you believe Nigeria will be Islamized. Believe God’s word and stop living like a grasshopper.