Read: Numbers 13:1-3 The Lord said to Moses, “Send out men to explore the land of Canaan, the land I am giving to the Israelites. Send one leader from each of the twelve ancestral tribes. So Moses did as the Lord commanded him.
Verse 17 – 21 Moses gave the men these instructions as he sent them out to explore the land: “Go north through the Negev into the hill country. See what the land is like, and find out whether the people living there are strong or weak, few or many. See what kind of land they live in. Is it good or bad? Do their towns have walls, or are they unprotected like open camps? Is the soil fertile or poor? Are there many trees? Do your best to bring back samples of the crops you see.” So the men went and explored the land…
Verse 23 - When they (the men) came to the valley of Eshcol, they cut down a branch with a single cluster of grapes so large that it took two of them to carry it on a pole between them! They also brought back samples of the pomegranates and figs.
25-33 After exploring the land for 40 days, the men returned to Moses, Aaron and the whole community of Israelites at Kedesh in the wilderness of Paran. They reported to the whole community what they had seen and showed them the fruit they had taken from the land. This was their report to Moses: “We entered the land you sent us to explore, and it is indeed a bountiful country – a land flowing with milk and honey. Here is the kind of fruit is produces. But the people living there are powerful, and their towns are large and fortified. We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak!... But Caleb tried to quiet the people as they stood before Moses. “Let’s go at once and take the land, “ he said. “We can certainly conquer it!” But the other men who explored the land with him disagreed. “We can’t go up against them! They are stronger than we are! Next to them we felt like grasshoppers, and that is what they thought too!”
The Israelites had finally been freed from slavery to the Egyptians. They watched as plague after plague struck the Egyptians while they themselves were protected by the Lord. They were guided through the wilderness with a cloud by day and pillar of fire by night, they were fed fresh manna from heaven, drank water from a rock, and the Red Sea was parted for them to cross on dry land. The Lord truly rescued them in a mighty way from the hands of the Egyptians!
Our scripture reading for today brings us to the Israelites being just outside of Canaan – the land the Lord promised to them…. A land that the Lord said was “flowing with milk and honey’. Moses instructed 12 men to go into Canaan and check out the land and report back to him what he had seen.
The men came back with pomegranates, figs, and clusters of grapes so big that it took two men carrying them on a pole. (This truly was a plentiful land!) However, they gave the report that the men in the land of Canaan were "giants and to them we are mere grasshoppers."
Caleb on the other hand – saw the SAME THINGS – he saw the large men and knew they were big – the difference was he knew that His God was bigger. In Numbers 14:7-9 we hear Caleb (& Joshua) say to the Israelites, “Do not rebel against the Lord, and don’t be afraid of the people of the land. They are only helpless prey to us! They have no protection, but the LORD is with us! Don’t be afraid of them!” Caleb and Joshua were looking at the giant with spiritual eyes – not physical ones. They knew that in the spiritual realm – God was on their side!
What giants are you facing today? Maybe your giant isn’t a big man standing in front of you. Your giant could be an addition, temptation, or trial your facing. Maybe your giant is insurmountable debt, troubled relationship, or even failing health. A giant is anything that is bigger than us and something we feel that we just can’t handle or fight against.
The good news is – you don’t have to fight your giant on your own. Caleb wasn’t blind to the fact that there were big men living in Canaan – but the difference between him and the other spies, was that Caleb knew HIS GOD and he knew what HIS GOD was capable of. He was depending on God to fight the battle, not himself.
It’s the same with you. You don’t have to fight the battles you are facing alone. Give them over to Jesus and He will overcome them for you. What is impossible to men, is possible with God! (Matthew 19:26).