A Saint, gone to be with the Lord now, used the language to touch many hearts during the many years he traveled the length and breadth of our country. I love to read his works and heard him preach a few times. He depended on the Spirit and a wise choice of words to win people to Christ.
Vance Havner wrote, “We have too few Caleb’s and Joshua’s and too many scared spies with a grasshopper complex.”
He is referring to the pre-invasion of Canaan by the Jews who had been delivered from Egypt forty years prior. The two reconnoiters, Caleb and Joshua, had brought facts concerning the large blessing awaiting them in the Promised Land. Eight other spies focused on the largeness of the obstacles, stating, “We are as grasshoppers in their sight.”
We Christians have behaved more like the Fraidy Cats than as God’s soldiers, focused on the promises God has prepared for us as we obey Him. Fear is a terrible emotion, one that we must overcome if we are to live in a manner pleasing to our Lord. We must live with the courage to assault the Fortress of Hell to accomplish His purpose in our life. Yet, we sit and study all the reasons why we cannot do what Jesus plainly wants us to be and do.
David wrote in Psalms 56:3, “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.”
So, are you Joshua or grasshopper?
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