Giants in the Land
Numbers 13:25-33, “At the end of forty days they returned from exploring the land. 26 They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran. There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land. 27 They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. 28 But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. 29 The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan.”
30 Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”
31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” 32 And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. 33 We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”
So many people in this life want everything without any effort.
We see that doctors home and say “I’d sure like to have a home like that” – but we don’t want to go to school for 15 years.
We see a young man walking through the mall, it looks like his muscles are about to bust out of his shirt, and we say “man I’d like to have muscles like that” – you can if you go to the gym 5 times a week and pump iron till it feels like your arms and legs are gonna fall off.
Many believers have the attitude that just because they are saved and in the family of God, that now God is supposed to be this Genie in a Bottle and give them everything they ever dreamed of without any effort, or work or discipline on their part.
The fact is to win the victories that God has for us it costs something, and the cost never goes on sale.
Sometimes you have to struggle, Sometimes you have to fight. There is something in the struggle that is necessary to become what God has ordained you to be.
God left giants in the promised land on purpose.
- Because they needed to learn how to fight. God is a God of process, and in order for them to be prepared to lead at the next level they had to learn how to fight. God is preparing you to lead at the next level.
- Because giants distinguish the difference between professors and possessors. It’s one thing to confess the promises of God, it’s another thing to strap on your sword and go toe to toe with your giants and possess your promises.
- You get to know yourself in the struggle. The real you comes out under pressure.
- You get to know your God, you realize that God is your only help. You see how big and powerful God is.
- The struggle produces thankfulness. Watch the news, when someone survives a tornado, their house is gone their car is gone but they are so thankful that they are still alive, the family is together.
Some of you may be in a struggle right now. Can I tell you that there is strength in the struggle. And the good news is that God promises to never leave you alone in the struggle. He was with the Israelites, and He will be with you.