Numbers 32:9 For when they went up unto the valley of Eshcol, and saw the land, they discouraged the heart of the children of Israel, that they should not go into the land which the LORD had given them.
The 10 spies had seen the valley of Eshcol. They knew that it was wonderful but they also saw the giants. They were afraid but the greatest harm they did was to discourage the hearts of their brothers. They were afraid and fear is contagious.
They saw the problems and they magnified the problems, not the Lord Jesus. They caused fear to spread through the hearts of God’s people.
Do you spread faith or fear? Do people believe God more or less after talking to you!
Have you encouraged people to go on and do greater things for the cause of Christ or lesser. I fear that on more than one occasion I have discouraged people from stepping out in faith!
I want to be an encourager!