Just as there are two sides to every story, there are also two ways of viewing things. As we know there are some people who are just plain negative, and even if the positive were in front of them they only see the negative. The saying of seeing the glass half full or half empty applies quite well for any situation.
So it is in the story of Caleb and Joshua who saw the promised land and firmly believed the Lord was with them and it could be taken, while on the other hand when the heads of Israel viewed the land they saw Giants and walled cities that could not be taken. What a sharp contrast of the same land viewed as though it were two different lands.
The negative and evil report of the heads of Israel
This is what the heads of Israel saw (Numbers 13:27,28,32,33) And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it. Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there.
And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.
The positive and good report of Caleb and Joshua
This is what Caleb and Joshua saw (Numbers 14:6-9) And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes: 7 And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land. If the LORD delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey. Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not.
There is a great lesson here of “If God be for us, who can be against us?! With God on our side there is no situation in our life that He will not walk with us. We as Caleb and Joshua will believe the Good Report every time!