And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it. Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there. The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan. And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it. But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we. And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. 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. (Numbers 13:27-33)
Today's Morsel: The feeling of defeat always comes from looking at the circumstance and situation you are in rather than looking to God. Israel had a promise from God that He would fight their enemies for them. But because of so much murmuring and complaining when their situation looked bigger than their God, they lost hope. If you watch Christians who are habitual complainers, they carry with them that under current of defeat. I truly do believe that murmuring is a spirit of the devil. If you follow people who listen to a lot of talk radio and news, they carry with them the spirit of complaining, and their joy is often times depleted. The children of Israel were right at the promise that God had promised them. A land flowing with milk and honey. But their focus went from God to their circumstances and surrounding, they saw themselves as grasshoppers and little in the sight of the people that were in the land, and they talked themselves into defeat. Most people always quit so close to the finish line.
Sing: My God is bigger than all my questions bigger than all my fears, yes, He's bigger than any mountain that I can or cannot see; He's bigger than all my problems, bigger than all doubts, yes, my God is bigger than any mountain that I can or cannot see.
Thought for Today: The feeling of defeat always comes from looking at the circumstance and situation you are in rather than looking to God. (Parker)