How Do You See What You See?
When it comes to success, ultimately, it’s not your size, but your sight that matters. It’s not what you see, but how you see what you see that will determine your outcome. Faith can move mountains and conquer giants, and it only takes faith the size of a mustard seed to do so.
Numbers 13 and 14 relate the story of twelve men sent into the Promise Land to gather intelligence on behalf of Israel. Forty days later they returned. They all concluded the land was as God said, an extremely rich land that “flowed with milk and honey.”
But taking possession of it was not without challenges. The people were numerous, the cities were fortified, and giants lived there. Ten of the spies concluded the mission could not be accomplished. They suffered from a severe grasshopper-complex, a life-destroying spiritual and psychological condition that produces mediocrity, failure, and even death.
“‘We are not able to go up against the people,’ they said, ‘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 NKJV)
Those ten spies died in the wilderness. Their grasshopper-complex killed them. It was not what they saw, but how they saw what they saw that led to their demise.
Caleb, one of the other two, possessed another spirit. He looked with different eyes. He saw what he saw from a completely different perspective.
“Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it…Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them.” (Numbers 13:30; 14:9 NKJV)
They saw foes, he saw fruit. They saw obstacles, he saw opportunities. They saw problems, he saw possibilities. They saw giants, he saw God.
“They are bread for us, he said.” When others were getting ready to run, Caleb was getting ready for lunch. It’s all a matter of perspective.
And God said, concerning His servant, Caleb, “Because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it.”(Numbers 14:24 NKJV)
How’s your sight? What do you see when you see what you see? Child of God, it’s your sight, not your size that matters. Work on your sight and you’ll be alright.