Sunday, June 05, 2011

If God Tells You To Go Get A Giant, Go Do It

Men of the Bible Series - Caleb wholeheartedly followed the Lord

Numbers 14:6-9  Two of the men who had explored the land, Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, tore their clothing.

7 They said to all the people of Israel, “The land we traveled through and explored is a wonderful land! 8 And if the Lord is pleased with us, he will bring us safely into that land and give it to us. It is a rich land flowing with milk and honey. 9 Do not rebel against the Lord, and don’t be afraid of the people of the land. They are only helpless prey to us! They have no protection, but the Lord is with us! Don’t be afraid of them!”

Numbers 14:24, 36-38  But my servant Caleb has a different attitude than the others have. He has remained loyal to me, so I will bring him into the land he explored. His descendants will possess their full share of that land.

36 The ten men Moses had sent to explore the land, the ones who incited rebellion against the Lord with their bad report 37 were struck dead with a plague before the Lord. 38 Of the twelve who had explored the land, only Joshua and Caleb remained alive.

Unbelievable! All of the people of Israel with the exception of Joshua and Caleb are daring to doubt God and his promise to give them the Promised Land. Caleb was chosen from the tribe of Judah to go spy out the land along with representatives from all of the other tribes.

Caleb believed without any hesitation (Numbers 32:12), without any consideration of the circumstances and conditions over in Canaan, his loyalty to the Lord was rewarded (Joshua 14:1-15) with good health when all of his peers were dying off and he received the portion of land that was promised to him.

I need to believe in God's promises the way that Caleb did. He knew that the people that were in the way of God's promise would not be there long if the nation of Israel would believe and be obedient. Faith requires me to look beyond the logical and believe what God has promised will happen.

Help me to look past my circumstances Lord and believe that you will come through for me.

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