“The Lord said to Moses, ‘Send men to explore the land of Canaan, which I will give to the Israelites. Send one leader from each tribe’.” (Numbers 13:1)
And then after Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh with the other ten spies went in, looked around, brought back fruit and, well, told the people, “We felt like grasshoppers and we looked like grasshoppers to them.” (Numbers 13:30))
Facing those giants, they “felt like grasshoppers” but Caleb tells them that they could “certainly go up and take the land for ourselves.” (Numbers 13:30
What was different about Caleb and Joshua from the other spies? Why was their perspective different from the ten who said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are”. (Numbers 13:31)
As all of the people were wailing and complaining in the camp that night, desiring to go back into slavery instead of fight the giants ahead, Joshua and Caleb said, “The land we explored is very good. If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land and give us that fertile land. Don’t turn against the Lord! Don’t be afraid of the people in that land! We will chew them up. They have no protection, but the Lord is with us. So don’t be afraid of them. “.
Years later, after that generation had all died except these two, Joshua was giving out the land to each family. Caleb says to him, “You remember that at Kadesh Barnea when he was speaking to the prophet Moses about you and me. Moses, the Lord’s servant sent me to look at the land where we were going… The other men who went with me frightened the people, but I fully believed the Lord would allow us to take the land.” (Joshua 14:6-7, 8) And so Joshua gave to Caleb the city of Hebron.
It was because of his belief. He looked at the giants, felt like a grasshopper but chose to believe in the God who created the great leviathan, put Pleiades in its place, or told the morning where to begin (Job 39-42).
In the face of all of my giants, I want to believe like Caleb. Two years ago, God told me to do just this. To believe that what looks impossible from here, looks like a grasshopper of a problem to God. And slowly, methodically, He is slaying my giants for me. No, I have not crossed over into that Promised Land, but in faith I keep pressing on one step at a time.
And when I forget His promises to me? When I feel lie a grasshopper and don’t fix my gaze high enough? What then? When all of my frantic striving causes my anxiety level to go through the roof and I just. shut. down. “Finally,” the Spirit whispers, and He reminds me where my gaze must remain. And peace and faith return.