A Bug’s Life
We are not able to go up against the people, for they are too strong for us. NUMBERS 13:31
I remember the first time I walked into the office of Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ. I was spending a college summer break working with Campus Crusade for $50 a month. When I had the opportunity to meet with Bill, I noticed that on his desk was a plaque engraved with these words:
“I’m no grasshopper.”
When I asked what the phrase meant, he said it referred to the spies who were sent to scope out the land of Canaan in the Old Testament book of Numbers. God said He was giving the land to the Israelites, but 10 of 12 spies reported that it was impossible for the Israelites to conquer the land: “We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them”
(Numbers 13:33, NIV).
Only two spies said they should trust in God. Unfortunately, the nation of Israel refused to believe the minority report and consequently ended up wandering aimlessly in the wilderness for 40 years, never entering their promised reward.
“When I arrive in heaven
,” Bill said, “I don’t want my life here on Earth to have been characterized by viewing myself as a grasshopper. My God is so big, I want to expect and believe Him for great things.” Are you living in the camp of unbelief, overwhelmed by the struggles you are facing in your life, marriage
, family or work? Are you paralyzed in unbelief or anger toward God for your circumstances? Do you feel like a “grasshopper”?
Or are you turning in belief to the God who promises to work through you to accomplish the impossible?
No matter how foolish you’ve been, no matter how many times you’ve failed before, Jesus stands ready to work through you if you’re ready to be a man or woman of faith.
What issue seems so big to you right now, you don’t see any way it can turn out well?
Confess to God that you lack the power to deal with the problems you face today. Ask Him for trust in His power to make the changes He desires.
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