In Our Own Eyes
“Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, ‘We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.’ But the men who had gone up with him said, ‘We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.’ And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, ‘The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.’”
When the Israelites finally made it to the Promised Land, they had a problem. It wasn’t the fierce opposition they met there. Their problem was their own attitude.
I don’t mean to minimize the challenges of taking the land as their own and I don’t want to suggest it was a simple matter of the “power of positive thinking,” as if they just needed to have someone like Dale Carnegie along for the trip.
Still, it is important to note how easily we can become our own worst enemy.
Empowered by God – especially after all God had done so powerfully in their midst – how ironic it is that the people feared finally entering the Promised Land.
It seems we can be so easily discouraged by the obstacles – real and imagined – we see before us.
Claiming the “Promised Land” requires faith and trust – not in our own abilities but in God’s.
It is one reason the apostle Paul writes about how “we have this treasure in clay vessels” – so that it is clear where we get the spiritual strength and wisdom we need.
A bad report – filled with fear – can do much to shake us “in our own eyes.”
So, as the old gospel hymn says, I suggest we keep our “eyes upon Jesus” and follow His lead. For as scripture puts it so well, “If God be for us, who can be against us?”