However, most of our sages don't agree on this view and righteously say that the children of Israel were indeed ready to enter the land of Canaan, but not willing to do it. They correctly point out that the comfort of depending solely from God in the desert was preferred to facing and eventually conquering the negative aspects with which ego wants to direct our consciousness.
In the case of our forefathers, they had major proofs of the power of God's love: their Redemption from Egypt, the splitting of the sea, and the miracles they witnessed daily in the desert. Why then not trusting God after so many tangible proofs of His love? We now also experience His miracles every moment, and still we don't trust Him completely.
We say that love is about trust, and trust is about love. This is the foundation of our relationship with God's love, the marriage between Israel and Him. In this case the story of the spies is again about trust.
There is an important issue we have to raise, and it is free will. God does not impose His will on us. That is why He created us, so we use our intellect and common sense to choose goodness over evil, and love over ego's fantasies and illusions.
The narrative is very explicit in its imagery of what the spies "saw" in the land. Again it is reiterated that distrusting our Creator and sole nurturer carries our death under the illusions of our lower consciousness.
The portion ends with another reminder that being and doing God's ways and attributes are our connection with His Love.