“We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”
(Numbers 13:33 NIV)
The Israelites, God’s chosen people, His treasured possession (Deuteronomy 7:6), had low self-worth. They saw themselves as grasshoppers before the enemy. How sad it is when God’s own children, His special creation, see themselves small before the enemy. As a result, they begin to lead defeated lives, fleeing in terror from the enemy and failing to claim God’s wonderful promises for their lives. Because this is what eventually happened – the Israelites failed to enter the Promised Land when they were supposed to.
If we can’t see our self-worth, we can’t expect others to see it either. We can expect them to mistreat and disrespect us because we’ve given them a reason to believe that we don’t value ourselves enough. “You are worth more than many sparrows,” said Jesus (Matthew 10:31). When we realize just how valuable we are in His eyes, we’ll only seek His best and expect respect.