The nation of Israel had been in bondage for 400 years when God set them free. As the Egyptians were chasing them on one side and trapped by water on the other, God created a path for them in the sea. The Israelites had witnessed miracles from God over and over—they knew they had a warrior who would always pursue them as His own.
The Bible says Israel was filled with awe when God rescued them and crushed their captors. They sang, “I will sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously; he has hurled both horse and rider into the sea. The LORD is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. This is my God, and I will praise him— my father’s God, and I will exalt him! The LORD is a warrior; Yahweh is his name!” (Exodus 15:1-3) But even though they had seen God do such incredible things for them, the people still worried and complained when what they could physically see seemed bad.
God had set aside the Promised Land for the nation of Israel, and so they sent twelve spies to go and see what it was like. Almost all of them came back with a report about how the people who lived there were like giants; next to them, the spies felt like grasshoppers.
Even though the land was bountiful and abundant, just like God had promised, and despite all that God had done for them, the people of Israel were too afraid. Only two of the spies believed in God’s promise over the problems they saw before them. They same the exact same thing, but didn’t feel like grasshoppers because they trusted in what God had told them about the future.
A warrior is someone who rescues, who stands in the gap, for what matters to them. God is a warrior, and what matters to Him is people—you and me. He’s not passive, but is very persistent in pursuing us and keeping His promises.
In Christ we can hold on to and trust in the promise of a future when Jesus comes back, sets up His eternal Kingdom, and we can celebrate with Him. He went to the Cross to declare victory over the enemy; Jesus is already victorious! He has proven that He was power over sin and death.
Which do you believe in—the grasshopper, or the promise? There is only one warrior who can set you free. Allow God to rescue you from the bondage of sin, and have faith in the promise of abundant life in Christ.