Moses sent 12 spies to explore and report back on conditions in Canaan. This hand-picked group spent 40 days exploring the land. When they returned they reported it was indeed a land flowing with milk and honey. The physical evidence of large clusters of grapes, so heavy it took two men to carry a single branch was proof positive of God’s provision. What Moses told them was true. The promised land was a reality. Their sojourn in Egypt was over and now they could experience the promise. But there was one problem. There were giants in the Land. And not only giants, but fortified cities and enemies all around. Eight spies sounded the alarm, and spread the report that “we can’t go up against them, they are stronger that we are.” Only two men stood up and said, “Let’s go at once to take the land.”
There are always giants in the land. Giant problems, circumstances, challenges, and situations. The stock market is down, unemployment is up; wars and rumors of wars, party unrest, political leaders disgraced, scandals, businesses close, discrimination, infighting, sibling rivalry, loss of life…there are giants in the land.
The two men who stood with Moses and said “Let’s go at once to take the land” had witnessed God’s power and presence during the Exodus. Convinced of God’s word, Caleb and Joshua told Israel let’s go immediately and get our inheritance. They had physical evidence of the fulfilled promise. If God promised it, He would provide it despite “the giants.” Every battle appears to be stronger than we are. But that is not what God told us to do. He told us to go and take the land. He said I will be with you always even to the end of the world. If God is for us, who can be against us? I think the answer to that question is, no one and nothing. In Joshua 1: 6-9; God instructed Joshua, as he assumed the mantle of leadership, to “be strong and courageous.” As servant leaders, we are to take God’s power with us into the land of the giants; into those strongholds and get our inheritance. The promises are true, and there is nothing stopping us from having all that God wants for us. There are no giants in the land bigger than our God.