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. 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. But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. 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.”
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.”
But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” 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. 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.” – Numbers 13:26-33 (NIV)
It is hard to be a true believer. It is difficult to trust what you have been told when everyone else seems to be turning a deaf ear to the truth. No one said following God would take us through friendly territory, just that He would take us through. Joshua and Caleb were true believers. Apparently, they were a very small minority.
Teaching our children to stick to their faith, to follow through with their commitment to God, is critical. We live in a culture of shifting beliefs and smorgasbord spirituality. When we don’t like something, we go to a philosophical grab bag and pick out the ideology en vogue at the time. This nonsensical atmosphere can seem like a land of giants, but with God there are no giants. There is nothing, no one bigger than our God.
I want my daughters to be like Joshua and Caleb. I want them to walk into their friendships, schools, groups and gatherings unafraid of the giants they may meet there. My hope for them is based on the command and promise that God gave to Joshua later in his life: “Be strong and courageous … for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9) I want my daughters to be brave.
Lord, make me into a giant killer. Help me to be brave when giants are in the land. Give me the strength and will to overcome and the faith to believe. Let me show my children that You are above all things. Amen.