What Do You See?
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 matters what you see, and how you see. Do you see with your physical eyes, or with the eyes of faith? Those who look and see with their physical eyes are easily overwhelmed by the challenges of life. This was exactly what happened with the ten spies who gave a faithless response when they returned from spying out the land that God promised to the children of Israel. Let’s read part of what they said in Numbers 13:31-32: “But the men…said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we…the land…is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.”
What a picture of fear, unbelief, and defeat painted for the children of Israel by the faithless spies! However, Joshua and Caleb saw differently: that there were giants in the land made no difference. In their inspiring faith-response, they said, “…The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land…a land which floweth with milk and honey. Only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the Lord is with us: fear them not” (Numbers 14:6-9). Whilst theirs was a leap on the Word, the other ten spies gave a faithless report because they were men of the senses.
Never allow what your physical senses perceive—what you see, hear, or feel—determine the circumstances of your existence. Don’t judge after the sight of your eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of your ears (Isaiah 11:3). Don’t look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are subject to change (2 Corinthians 4:18). Fix your gaze on God’s eternal and infallible Word only, and maintain the faith-response all the time.
I’m not moved by what I see,
feel or hear in the natural; rather, my thoughts, words and actions are inspired by the Spirit, through faith in God’s Word. I live a wonderful life of grace and blessings because I live in, and by, the Word.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18; Hebrews 11:1-3
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
1 Year Bible reading plan: John 3:1-21; 2 Samuel 22
2 Year Bible reading plan: Mark 8:22-33; Number 9