Numbers 13:32-33,& 14:1…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 own sight. And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried, and the people wept that night.
Twelve leaders were sent to spy the land of Canaan and they moved from wilderness of Zin unto Rehob, to Hebron, to brook of Eshcol, and they returned after 40 days bringing fruits from the land as an evidence of the fruitfulness of the land that flowed with milk and honey. Nevertheless ten of them brought evil report about the people that dwell in the land. They considered them as giants while they think of themselves as grasshoppers. But Caleb and Joshua that went with them tried to convince them that their God had already given them the land and so they should go up at once and possess it for their God will make it happen for them. Unfortunately, the majority carried the vote, and the noise of the evil report overshadowed that of the other two so much so that they wept throughout the night.
The land was beautiful and fruitful and they were even able to bring fruits from the land to show to the people that it was indeed a land flowing with milk and money. The ten people that gave evil report now shifted their focus from the good land to the people that looked like giants while they thought they looked like grasshoppers in comparison to them. They had forgotten the original intention of their God that promised to place them in a land that flowed with milk and honey. The project was God’s in the first place and God started to show them who He was by performing signs and wonders in the land of Egypt. He allowed different disasters to befall the Egyptians in a practical demonstration that the children of Israel were His people and the Egyptians should let them go and worship Him. The tenth plague was a terrible one that caused hues and cries throughout the land of Egypt because the angel of death killed every first born of the Egyptians from the first born of the king to that of animals. The children of Israel left the land of Egypt with so much spoil because they were commanded to go to every home to ask for what they wanted and it was given to them. As if this was not enough for these people to know that God was the one fighting for them, God opened the Red sea and made them to pass through on dry ground while their enemies (the Egyptians) that pursued them got drowned in the Red sea. The Mighty Hand of God that saved them from the Egyptians and also opened the Red Sea for them, can’t this Mighty God save them from the giants in the land God Himself promised them? Why did they forget all that God had done for them? It was not their power nor Moses’ power that did all the miracles they had witnessed? Why did they suddenly focus on their weakness and forgot God’s faithfulness to carry them through?
Though I do not have answers to all these questions that I have raised but what seems obvious to me is that they did not know how much God loved them and would do anything to demonstrate this agape or unconditional love. He had already done so much taking lives because of them, and He was still ready to do more so as to lead them through to the end. Their evil report showed that they did not appreciate all that God had done for them in the past and apparently were not looking forward to anything else He would do for them. Therefore, God was displeased with them and pronounced judgment on them that kept them wandering in the wilderness for 40 years until all of them that gave the evil report and every one that murmured against Him (twenty years of age and above) died (Numbers 14).It was only Caleb and Joshua that were spared because they had faith in God. The Bible says “For without faith no one can please God, for anyone that comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.”
Examining the believers of today, many of us behave like the ten leaders that gave evil report. We think of our problems as if we have power to solve them instead of relying absolutely on the Savior. We tend to forget all His past blessings and we rather focus on the immediate problems and we start to worry ourselves forgetting that we have no control over them. The best antidote to life’s challenges is to remember who God is, and what He has done in the past. Then trust Him by casting all your current burdens on Him, and watch with prayers and praises how your miracles would start to unfold. Let us be like Caleb and Joshua who stood with the LORD, believed in the LORD, and were rewarded by entering the promised land and partaking in the blessings of the land. If we too can be strong in the LORD no matter what we are going through, we will enjoy the blessings of this earth and also enjoy the blessings of being with Him for ever and ever, Amen.
Prayer…LORD I am standing on your promises, and I know that every one of them will surely come to pass in Jesus name, Amen.