The Grasshopper Mentality

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The Grasshopper Mentality
Numbers 13: 25-33


We begin this week’s devotional series looking at a familiar incident that allows us to see the consequences of not seeing ourselves the way God sees us.

God is often calling us to accomplish a task that appears to be overwhelming and impossible to perform in our strength.

However, it is important for us to remember that whatever we are called to do, no matter how difficult, the Lord never leaves us alone to figure things out on our own.

Why the difficulty in submitting to what His plans are?

Question: Why do we allow our fears to get the best of us?

In our devotional passage, the spies were afraid. Not only did their fears get the best of them, but their fears spilled over among the rest of the people.

Their fears, however, were unwarranted because God had already secured victory over the awaiting challenge.

Think about that for a moment. How often do we create unnecessary heartache for ourselves and emotional disturbance in others by being anxious over things we ought not to worry about?

The children of Israel’s course was delayed because most of the spies who viewed the land of promise could not see clearly.

The majority of the spies saw themselves as inferior and they also presumed the inhabitants of the land viewed them with the same insignificance. They assumed they looked like “grasshoppers” to the “giants.” Making such baseless claims is non-productive.

Who said that the giants saw the spies this way? It was not that the spies heard this from others—they heard it from themselves.

No one told them they were grasshoppers. And no one was threatening to do them harm. The assumption was drawn simply by comparing themselves to others.

Question: What comparisons have you made to yourself that are determining what you believe?


Lord, as we begin another devotional series help us to see who we are and where we are, Amen.