Following on from the previous blog post, Inflated Account of the External, having confirmed in their minds that the opponent was bigger than they, their thoughts shifted to ‘how much smaller they were.’ They saw themselves ‘as grasshoppers’ (Numbers 13:33) and they even went one step further to say, ‘as we were in their sight’ (Numbers 13:33). At that point, every ounce of hope was gone from their minds.
In our own lives, can we think of a time when through a series of our logic, we ended up feeling so hopeless that we decided how we look to our circumstances, and how our circumstances would just consume us?
When we reach a point of despair, fortunately that does not have to be the end. In prayer we can run to God and ask Him to help us to see things through His eyes. Interestingly in Isaiah 40:21 and 22, the inhabitants of the earth are described as grasshoppers when compared to God.
The story of Elisha and his servant in 2 Kings 6:15-17 is one of encouragement. When they were surrounded by the opposing army, Elisha was calm through the entire ordeal because he saw what the servant could not see initially – God’s intervention. When the servant’s eyes were finally opened, he saw ‘horses and chariots of fire’ (2 Kings 6:17) protecting them and the servant’s hope returned.
The enemy is happy when we see ourselves as helpless and when we stop there. But the enemy is not happy when we see ourselves as helpless and we run to God to lead us through.
As explained earlier, we should never deny or ignore the magnitude of the issues we face, or the strength of the enemy, but we must always keep in mind and live with God’s assurance. He will not leave us. In the context of our individual potential, we also have to be careful not to doubt our own capabilities, when others believe that our abilities are limited, or when we think that others believe that our abilities are limited.
Let us today determine to see ourselves through God’s eyes, then as we move forward, we will correctly see ourselves as ‘more than conquerors through’ Jesus Christ who loves us (Romans 8:37).
The title of the next blog post in this series is Pessimism and Weeping.
(Please note that Scripture quotations are from the King James Version. Public domain.)