Whither shall we go up? our brethren have discouraged our heart, saying, The people is greater and taller than we; the cities are great and walled up to heaven; and moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakims there. Deuteronomy 1:28 (KJV)
After forty years in the wilderness the people arrive at the edge of the Promised Land. They send a committee over to assess the situation. The report: It is a good and fruitful place, but the people are huge; we are as grasshoppers in their sight. So they are moaning as we read in this verse.
Our brethren have discouraged our heart.
How much does this sound like Christians today, Christians who have been commissioned to preach the Good News of Jesus Christ? Oh, Dear (hand wringing) the sky is falling!
The Lord commanded His People to take the land and promised to go with them.
Today, the Lord commands our service in the proclamation of the gospel, and He promised to go with us.
Yes, the obstacles are huge but they are as nothing in the sight of our God.
As Moses said to Joshua, and as Joshua said to The People, "Be of good courage."