Grasshoppers are almost cute. This one seems to be smiling! Of all the insects I can run into, I am the least threatened by the grasshopper. Perhaps the delight of seeing them jumping in the grass when I was a child has stayed with me. They are not thought of as so cute when one realizes they are no different than the destructive locust! Their ability to jump long distances with those powerful legs is surprising. If humans could jump as they do, we would easily jump the length of a football field and then some!
In our verse for today, ten of the twelve men sent to check out the opposition in the Promise Land came back feeling like grasshoppers. The inhabitants were “of a great size” and they concluded they were too strong to attack! Caleb and Joshua were the only ones who gave an encouraging report to Moses and the people. The size of the enemy did not matter to them. They understood that the Lord was with them and there was no need to be afraid. Believing in God’s promised victory and His protection kept them from feeling small and powerless.
I can relate to those ten men who felt like grasshoppers! When trials loom in front of me or an obstacle to my faith seems insurmountable I can feel so small and impotent. I may actually be a grasshopper when it comes to comparing strength and numbers. But I am on the Lord’s side and that makes all the difference!
Thank you Lord, for the victory I have in You!