The Grasshopper and The Giant – By Thomas Koester

Remember the story of the twelve Hebrew spies that Moses sent into the promised land?

“Caleb interrupted, called for silence before Moses and said, “Let’s go up and take the land—now. We can do it.”

“…But the others said, “We can’t attack those people; they’re way stronger than we are.” They spread scary rumors among the People of Israel. They said, “We scouted out the land from one end to the other—it’s a land that swallows people whole. Everybody we saw was huge. Why, we even saw the Nephilim giants (the Anak giants come from the Nephilim). Alongside them we felt like grasshoppers. And they looked down on us as if we were grasshoppers.” Numbers 13: 30-33

It’s your faith in God that gives you proper perspective. Joshua and Caleb’s faith in the ability of God convinced them:

“Let’s go up and take the land—now. We can do it.” – Caleb

For many, the microscopic COVID-19 virus has become their giant. But even here and now, in the 21st century, we have a similar choice. Do we become paralyzed with fear? Do we spread rumors and fake news? Do we so easily forfeit our rights as citizens?

How does our faith work in this situation? Is an unseen pathogen beyond the ability of God?

Is Governor Cuomo right in what he said?

“The number [deaths] is down because we brought the number down,” he told the press. “God did not do that. Faith did not do that. Destiny did not do that. A lot of pain and suffering did that…” – Governor Cuomo, New York

Are we on our own, left to our own demise?

Certainly not!

Are you a Joshua and Caleb, or are you easily intimidated by giants?

If we could be convinced that the giants we face in our darkest days are only grasshoppers, then we’d realize that our faith in God actually makes us into giants.

Faith changes our perception of what is impossible or immovable, to what is possible and moveable. This is true of those with the smallest of faith. Even our smallest faith in God, can bring us our biggest triumphs in life.

Matter of fact, when you actuate your faith in God, the Devil and his minions sees you as a giant. Their perception of you changes as your faith is exercised.

So, believe the Eternal One who is in you, so that you may defeat the Evil One who is in the world. It should always be faith over matter and not matter over faith. Faith in God always triumphs against evil. Faith triumphs against our fears. Against our sicknesses; our diseases, our losses and against our loneliness. Faith moves us to do the impossible for God.

I’ll say it again…

…faith in God always triumphs.

It triumphs over everything, even in death. So, shout at your giants in the Name of Jesus; being yielded to God and while standing firm in your faith, and the giants must flee, and they’ll scurry away like grasshoppers!

Your faith is a bold proclamation of your sonship and authority in Christ, and it sends giants packing and shrinks them down to size.

The 14 year old singer-songwriter and poet, David, son of Jesse knew it. And, now you know it.

You are not the grasshopper. Your faith makes you the Giant!

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