Purpose Requires Proper Perception

“We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”
Numbers 13:33

The dictionary says that perception is the act of perceiving or apprehending by means of the senses or of the mind; cognition; understanding. Think of this definition as you read on, specifically the part that says “apprehending by means of understanding.”


In Numbers 13, God tells Moses that He is giving the land of Canaan to the Israelites. God tells Moses to send men into the land and scope it out. When the men returned they were fearful and told Moses that they should not attack the city. They informed Moses “we seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes.”

They were looking at the situation from their human perception. They had a false view of themselves. If they truly believed that God was with them and He had a purpose for them, then they would have  understood that “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him,” (1 Corinthians 2:9).

You, my darling, do not be fooled by your own eyes or by your own understanding.

 The men could not see God’s perception of themselves. They were evaluating the situation on human strength, human abilities, and human battle plans. Thankfully, Caleb was not looking at the situation through his human eyes. The Bible reports, “Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it,” (v. 30).

Why was Caleb’s response so different than the other leaders? Didn’t he see the same giants that the other men seen?

I believe that Caleb responded differently because he saw the situation through the favorable lens of God. Caleb knew God was with them. He knew that God had a purpose for them, and that purpose was to take the land of Canaan. Caleb had the proper perception of himself and the situation and therefore, he was able to see his correct purpose!

Have you been scared of the ‘giants’ in your life? Do you see yourself as a grasshopper in the eyes of your enemies? If you do, it’s time that you gain the proper perception so that you can fulfill the purposes God has planned out for you. God is the Creator of the universe and the Lover of your soul. He has a purpose for you, and He has given you exactly what you need to fulfill that purpose. When God is for you, who can be against you?!

~ Samantha Cosgrove
Lifegate Women, Associate Director

Digging Deeper:
Spend time in prayer asking God to reveal any false perceptions you are carrying.  Journal on those, and ask the Lord to give you His perspective.

Take time to listen to a sermon by Dharius Daniels on this particular passage of Scripture.




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