Rev. Blanche Murphy, Associate Minister of New Canaan Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia preached at First Shiloh Baptist Church in Mechanicsville, Virginia.
Rev. Murphy preached from Numbers 13:1-2; 25-33 using the title “Looking Through Grasshoppers’ Eyes.”
As I look around this morning I notice a lot of the people here, including me, are wearing eyeglasses and some may even be wearing contact lens. Surely eyeglasses and contacts will help us see better, but they will do nothing to improve our mental capabilities or help us see from different perspectives.
In this life we are going to encounter some obstacles. Trials and tribulations are going to come. So when they come, the question is, are we going to see what God sees in the situations? If we look at the circumstance through God’s eyes, using spiritual insight and divine vision, certainly, we will see ourselves as overcomers.
Rev. Murphy continued:
From the text, two groups looked at the same situation but had two different perspectives. One of the groups consisted of ten spies who looked at the situation through grasshoppers’ eyes. The other group consisted of two spies, Caleb and Joshua, who saw the same situation, but through the eyes of God. Caleb and Joshua were looking through the eyes of FAITH.
Dangers when looking through the grasshoppers’ eyes
- Looking through grasshoppers’ eyes can cause us to lose sight of God’s promises. God had already given the Israelites the promised land.
- Looking through grasshopper’s eyes can cause fear and doubt. Ten spies looked at the large fortified cities and were filled with doubt. Fear gripped them to go up against the giants.
- A cost is involved in looking through grasshoppers’ eye. Seeing themselves as defeated cost the ten spies their confidence, self-esteem, and courage.
Maybe you have reached your land flowing with milk and honey but you can’t see to cross over. Let’s widen the scope of our view. Let’s look past the natural and see with divine sight what God has for us.
God is ready for us to step into our land of milk and honey. So what giants are blocking your view today?
- Maybe they are financial giants. God says He will supply all your needs according to His riches in Jesus Christ.
- Maybe there are giants on your job. God says that “He is our shield and buckler, and He will contend with those who contend with you.”
- Maybe there are giants in your home. No peace, children acting up, spouse messing up; God’s says that “He is our peace and when you lean on Him, His peace will surpass all understanding, that it will guard our hearts and our minds.”
Jesus did not look through grasshopper’s eyes. He could see what God saw. He expanded His view to see us on the other side of the cross. He didn’t count the cost for the sacrifice He made for us. As He bled and died He could only see through eyes of love for us. Even in the grave His insight was on us and the free gift of salvation available to the body of Christ. Three days later when God raised Him from the dead, Jesus still saw us from a divine perspective seated in heavenly places.
Thank God for Jesus that He could see us through God’s eyes. Thank God for Jesus that now we, too, can see eternal life in our view for the work that Jesus did for us on the cross. Amen.