Giants and Grasshoppers
I am 5 feet and 9 and a half inches tall. I am saddened to say that I have shrunk by half an inch since I was in high school. Well, either that, or I just always thought I was 5 feet 10 inches tall. I know I'm about average height, but sometimes I wish I was a little taller. Maybe like just 2.5 inches taller; a nice 6 feet tall. And I know, comparison is the thief of joy, and I need to be satisfied with who God has made me to be, but it's hard not to feel inadequate, or to feel like you just don't measure up (both literally and in other ways too). I have to admit though, I am blessed with my height. My mom is about 4 feet 10 inches tall, which would put her on the tallest end of the spectrum for dwarfism according to the LPA (Little People of America). My sister is barely pushing 5 feet tall and my dad is also 5 feet and 9.5/10 inches tall. This means that I am literally as tall as I can genetically be based on the height of both of my parents. When we focus on what we don't have, or what we don't are, we fail to realize what God has already given us. This was the problem of the Israelites in Numbers 13.
31 We can’t attack those people;
they are stronger than we are.
33 We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes,
and we looked the same to them.
Numbers 13:31,33 (NIV)
God had promised to hand over the promised land to them but they didn't believe in God's power to do so. God never intended on them fighting their way through because if the conquest of Canaan depended on the strength of Israel alone the campaign would be bound for failure. God was planning on doing all of the leg work but when the spies explored the land of Canaan all they could think about was "how are WE going to face these giants?" Every fear was rooted in the fact that they could only think of doing it all on their own, without God's support. They didn't listen to God and go in, and so they were forced to wander the desert for another 40 years. They could only focus on how weak they were, no how powerless they were, on how they seemed to themselves and to the giants, and they failed to focus on the God that didn't need their strength to give them victory. When we go up against trials, difficulties, or problems (no matter how impossible) our focus shouldn't be on our shortcomings, but rather on the power of God to give us the victory. It is not through our own might or through our own power that we overcome, but it is through the Spirit of the LORD (Zechariah 4:6).
3 “Hear, Israel:
Today you are going into battle against your enemies.
Do not be faint hearted or afraid;
do not panic or be terrified by them.
4 For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you
to fight for you against your enemies
to give you victory.”
Deuteronomy 20:3,4 (NIV)
God help me focus on your power in my life instead of the power of my problems in my life. Help me to overcome my fears through putting my faith and trust in you. I know that there will be difficulties on the road ahead but do not let them overtake me. When I’m face to face with the giants in my life remind me of your promises to me and give me victory. Today I grab hold of your promises and trust that you will bring my into deliverance. AMEN