Bring on the Giants
September 17, 2019
Did you get up this morning ready to embrace the day? Too many people allow their circumstances to dictate their attitude. They don't realize that their attitude is a choice they make every day. The Bible tells us to constantly "be made new in the attitude of your minds" (Ephesians 4:22). We choose the way we see life, whether we will be grateful or negative about what we think is good and not good. When we begin to focus on the negative, we see more negative and allow it to give us a negative perspective on life. It's like swimming against the current. It's just a struggle.
In Numbers 13–14, the twelve spies that Moses sent into the Promised Land all saw the same things—the land was indeed flowing with milk and honey, but there were giants in the land and heavily fortified cities. Ten of the spies saw themselves as grasshoppers and spread a negative report among the two million Israelites that they could never conquer the land. Joshua and Caleb, however, brought a good report that they should go in and take the land at once. They declared, "Do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, for the Lord is with us."
The negative report kept the people of Israel out of the Promised Land for forty years, but God gave Joshua and Caleb a second chance because they were of "a different spirit." One version says, "An excellent spirit." Because they had the right perspective of who God is, they not only survived but they thrived in the wilderness. Forty years later, Caleb said, "Listen, I'm stronger and more determined than ever to take this land. Bring on the giants."
When Joshua and Caleb were about to lead the younger generation into the land, this was Joshua's leadership vision: "Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve." He was saying, "Every day you choose your attitude. Every day you choose the way you see life. Now choose how you're going to see your journey into today." And he added, "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." They were going to choose to see beyond their circumstances, to quiet the discouraging voices that would come against them, and to believe that God is a big God who would go before them and help overcome every challenge.
Your attitude has a direct correlation with your success. Someone with a good attitude sees solutions and feels as though they can tackle anything. How you see your life makes all the difference in the world!