The Giants

”There we saw the giants” (Numbers 13:33).

Yes, the Israeli spies saw giants, but Joshua and Caleb saw God! Those who doubt still say today, “We can’t attack . . .; they are stronger than we are” (v. 31). Yet those who believe say, “We should go up and take possession . . . , for we can certainly do it” (v. 30).

Giants represent great difficulties, and they stalk us everywhere. They are in our families, our churches, our social life, and even our own hearts. We must overcome them or they will devour us, just as the ancient Israelites, fearing those in Canaan, said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size” (v. 32).

We should exhibit faith as did Joshua and Caleb, who said, “Do not be afraid . . . , because we will swallow them up” (Num. 14:9).

In effect, they told the others, “We will be stronger by overcoming them than if there had been no giants to defeat.”In fact, unless we have overcoming faith, we will be swallowed up—consumed by the giants who block our path. “With that same spirit of faith” (2 Cor. 4:13) that Joshua and Caleb had, let us look to God, and He will take care of the difficulties. 

We encounter giants only when we are serving God and following Him. It was when Israel was going forward that the giants appeared, for when they turned back into the wilderness, they found none. 


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