You may have seen all the talk circulating the internet today about the color of this dress.
My husband pulled up a chair next to me this morning with this picture on his computer screen and asked me what color it was.
I don’t know about you, but to me this dress is obviously white and gold.
However, to my husband it was obviously blue and black.
WHAT?!?! How in the world is that possible?!?
We are both looking at the same computer screen, the same picture, at the same time – yet we are perceiving the image completely differently! There is some science behind it all.
As we were talking about it, I started thinking how our eyes can so easily deceive us sometimes. Then, my mind instantly went to the Israelites.
They were about to enter Canaan, the land flowing with milk and honey. The land of their promise.
Moses sent out twelve spies with orders to see what the land was like and whether it’s inhabitants were weak or strong. (Numbers 13:17)
Among the twelve was Caleb.
Upon their return, eleven of the twelve came back with the same report.
“We can’t attack those people! They’re too strong for us!” – Numbers 13:31
Caleb, however had a different report.
“Let’s go now and take possession of the land. We should be more than able to conquer it.” – Numbers 13:30
So why was Caleb’s report different than the others? Did he see something they didn’t? Or did he not see something that they did?
I don’t think so.
I believe it’s because Caleb was looking through the lens of the Spirit.
“But My servant Caleb, because he has had a different spirit and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land which he entered, and his descendants shall take possession of it.” – Numbers 14:24, emphasis mine
He did not allow what could be perceived with the eye to deceive him.
Did there appear to be giants in the land? Yes.
Did they appear to be unconquerable? Yes.
Did their victory over the inhabitants of the land appear impossible? Yes.
But, Caleb knew their reality.
He knew that there was a host of angelic warriors waiting to protect them. He knew that the God who brought swarms of plagues against the Egyptians, the God who brought them out of bondage and afflictions of Pharaoh, the God who parted the Red Sea that they may walk across on dry ground – that He was a God able and willing march with them into battle against the giants of Canaan.
So, the question for you, and the question for me is this – what giants are we facing today?
What circumstances are we searching out through the lens of fear and our flesh?
Let’s not allow our circumstances to determine what we will believe God for.
Let me encourage you to stop now and ask the Lord to give you His eyes, to give you the ability to see your giants through the color of His Spirit.