Wednesday, September 07, 2016

How Do You See Things?


Numbers 13:33 And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

It is fascinating how two people can look at the exact same thing and see two totally different things. They perceive the same thing in two totally different ways. Sometimes, husbands and wives get into arguments because they are seeing the same thing but not perceiving the same thing. This is because our attitudes affect what we see as much as the eyes with which we see things.

That was certainly true in Numbers 13 when Moses sent spies into the land of Canaan. When he sent them out, he told them they were to see whether the land was good or bad, what the cities were like, and so on. He says in verse 20, "And be of good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land." This was not a question of whether or not they would possess the land. God had commanded and promised that. Moses just wanted to know what kind of land it was that they were to possess.

Numbers 13:33 is the report of the spies. They told Moses, "And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight." They spoke of how they saw things and how the giants saw things, and they did not believe that they could take the land.
It's interesting that Joshua and Caleb's report stood out in stark contrast to the report of the rest of the spies. They said, "Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it."

How do you account for the difference between what Joshua and Caleb saw and what the rest of the spies saw? This story illustrates that how you see things is more important than what you see. All twelve of these spies saw the same land, the same giants, and the same fruits of the land, but two of them had a very different opinion and saw things in a very different way.
Faith sees more. Joshua and Caleb were more concerned with what God said than what they saw. That affected how they saw what they saw.
Today, you have a choice. You can look at things that you can merely perceive with your eyes or you can trust what God has said and view the things of life through the promises of God. The reason Caleb and Joshua lived longer and stronger is because they were not limited to what their eyes could see. Instead, they reached beyond to what God had said and trusted Him to be true to His Word.

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