And we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, [which come] of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight. Numbers 13:33
One Pastor has said that we do not see things the way they are but we see things the way we are. Often, how we think other people view us is not the way they look at us at all. Our perception of how they view us is really based on the way we see ourselves. In today’s Scripture, the Children of Israel believed that the giants in the Promised Land viewed them as grasshoppers because that is the way they viewed themselves. In reality, most of the people in the region did not view the Children of Israel disdainfully or as being insignificant at all. In Joshua 2:9, Rahab the harlot told two of the Hebrew spies sent by Joshua to spy out the land that “I know that the Lord hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you.” The way the Hebrews thought the giants viewed them was actually a faulty perception based on the way they really viewed themselves. We are not who we think we are or even what other people think that we are. We are who God says we are and He declares that “we are more than conquerors through him that loved us” (Romans 8:37).