(Joshua 14:6-12 ESV) 6 Then the people of Judah came to Joshua at Gilgal. And Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, “You know what the LORD said to Moses the man of God in Kadesh-barnea concerning you and me. 7 I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadesh-barnea to spy out the land, and I brought him word again as it was in my heart. 8 But my brothers who went up with me made the heart of the people melt; yet I wholly followed the LORD my God. 9 And Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land on which your foot has trodden shall be an inheritance for you and your children forever, because you have wholly followed the LORD my God.’ 10 And now, behold, the LORD has kept me alive, just as he said, these forty-five years since the time that the LORD spoke this word to Moses, while Israel walked in the wilderness. And now, behold, I am this day eighty-five years old. 11 I am still as strong today as I was in the day that Moses sent me; my strength now is as my strength was then, for war and for going and coming. 12 So now give me this hill country of which the LORD spoke on that day, for you heard on that day how the Anakim were there, with great fortified cities. It may be that the LORD will be with me, and I shall drive them out just as the LORD said.”
This is one of my favorite Old Testament accounts. I like it because it speaks to the importance of being faithful to God, while simultaneously waiting on God to deliver on His promises. The details of the story are very clear and need no further explanation. However, there are a couple of observations that came to mind as I read and studied these verses again.
(1) Did you notice there is no competition between Caleb and Joshua? Caleb only wanted what had been promised him. If you remember, Joshua and Caleb were the two spies who returned to Moses with a positive report. 12 spies were sent; two returned with a positive, faith-filled assessment of what could be accomplished through obedience to God. Caleb had followed and supported Joshua from day one, and it would have been so easy to want the same inheritance; so easy to feel he deserved much more than what had been promised. Hadn’t they both been equally commissioned? Weren’t they both equally faithful in their reporting? Didn’t they both take the same risks? Yes. Yes. and Yes. And yet, Caleb was content to receive his apportioned inheritance without any indication of jealousy toward Joshua.
(2) Receiving God’s blessings often means taking them by force. Caleb declared, “give me this hill country of which the LORD spoke on that day, for you heard on that day how the Anakim were there, with great fortified cities. It may be that the LORD will be with me, and I shall drive them out just as the LORD said.” Caleb was not the least bit intimidated by his age, his enemy (the Anakim), or the mountain range he would have to fight for. He simply believed what God promised and was ready to act on that belief. He was motivated by faith to collect what God had laid up for him.
God has also laid up blessings for you. Go after them; collect what is yours in the name of the Lord!
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for the blessings reserved for me. Give me the strength and courage to pursue and collect them so I can be fully blessed, and You may be rightfully glorified! Amen.