The Word says, “The adulteress will hunt for the precious life” (Proverbs 6:26) The adulteress spoken of in this verse is Satan. And he hunts down those who are precious to God.
The Bible gives us a vivid illustration of this in Numbers 13 and 14. Israel had sent twelve spies to search out the Promised Land. When the spies returned after forty days, ten of them planted three lies in the hearts of God’s people: (1) “There are too many people in the land; they’re too strong for us.” (2) “The cities are walled too high; the strongholds are impregnable.” And (3) “There are giants in the land, and we’re no match for them. We’re helpless! Finished!”
These lies took the heart right out of Israel. Scripture says the people endured a night of despair. “All the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night” (Numbers 14:1). More than 2 million people were weeping, wailing, moaning—focused completely on their weaknesses and inabilities. Their wails of unbelief bombarded heaven.
Beloved, the devil throws the same three lies at God’s people today. “Your trials are too numerous. Your temptations are too overwhelming. You are too weak to resist the power coming against you.”
The word that God spoke to Israel is for us today also: “Ye shall be a special treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine” (Exodus 19:5). “Thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God, and the Lord hath chosen thee to be a peculiar [precious, special] people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth” (Deuteronomy 14:2).
Joshua and Caleb had a revelation of their preciousness in God’s eyes. They knew Israel was special to the Lord. That was the key to their hopeful spirit. Joshua said, “If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it to us” (Numbers 14:8). In other words, “Because he delights in us, the land is as good as ours already.”
This is the same revelation David had: “He brought me out and delivered me—because he delighted in me.” Likewise, every victorious Christian today has this same revelation of their loving heavenly Father. “We can’t fail! All our enemies are meat for us, because we’re precious to the Lord.”