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Summary: Ever felt like a grasshopper? Unimportant, inferior, low-down? Israel felt that way when Moses’ spies reported back from their excursion into the Promised Land. They said, "And there we saw the giants, . . . and we were in our own sight as grasshoppe

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SCRIPTURE: Genesis 3:19; Jeremiah 18:1-6; 2 Corinthians 4:7

Introduction

Ever felt like a grasshopper?

Unimportant, inferior, low-down?

Israel felt that way when Moses’ spies reported back from their excursion into the Promised Land. They said, "And there we saw the giants, . . . and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers" (Numbers 13:33).

These people were impressed with the land, a land flowing with milk and honey, a land of unbelievable fertility, a land of incalculable promise. They were also impressed with the inhabitants of the land, so impressed in fact that they were whipped before they started.

The princes of Israel were overwhelmed with their own inferiority. It was inevitable that they projected inferiority upon the inhabitants. They said, "We were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight."

This was not really true, as subsequent events revealed, but it highlights the double deception of an inferiority complex. The man who trusts in himself sooner or later feels like a grasshopper in his own sight, and he thinks everybody else feels the same way about him. As long as circumstances are all right, he makes out; but when life tumbles in, he crawls. The confidence he has is self-confidence and is sheer illusion.

What a difference in the person who has God-confidence! He’s invincible because he counts on the resources of God, not on his own weak, limited assets. He’s certain of victory because he’s absolutely sure of the victor! Paul wrote, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me" (Philippians 4:13).

Just what are you? Are you an accidental, evolved, compilation of male and female genes? Some people think so! Are you an animal? With blood and organs and breath? With instincts and muscular reactions? No less and really no more than an ape in the African jungle? Some people think so! Are you a lonely, isolated universal happening? A blob soon to dry? A ripple soon to cease? A speck soon to be blown away? Some people think so!

But what are you? Really and truly!

Ask your doctor. He’ll tell you one thing. Ask your science professor. He’ll tell you another. Ask the chemist and he will tell you something else. But ask God and God will tell you that you are the creation of His hands. You are the fruit of His labor. You are the apple of His eye. You are the pride of His heart. You are the choice object of God’s eternal love.

Just like each of us, the prophet Jeremiah wrestled with this whole concept of man. What is he? Where is he going? Why the dilemma of life? Jeremiah was especially disturbed that God’s people had deaf ears and hard hearts. They would neither listen nor heed the warnings Jeremiah preached day after day.

God spoke to Jeremiah: "Go down to the potters house, Jeremiah. Watch him work. Learn a lesson" (see Jeremiah

18:2).

Numerous songs have been written and many sermons preached about the potter and the clay. It remains yet a beautiful lesson.

Pottery is a science of man rather than of manufacturing. The potter himself is the most important element. The clay next. God said: "I am the potter. You are the clay."


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