Text: Joshua 14:6-14
(14:6) "Then the children of Judah came unto Joshua in Gilgal: and Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite said unto him, Thou knowest the thing that the LORD said unto Moses the man of God concerning me and thee in Kadeshbarnea."
Moses was a "man of God". This term is used of several people in the word of God: Elijah, Elisha, Samuel, and David. How does God see us in our progress of sanctification? Are we men and women of God?
(14:7) "Forty years old was I when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadeshbarnea to espy out the land; and I brought him word again as it was in mine heart."
Caleb followed the counsel of Moses. If we are going to be successful in our Christian life, we need to follow Godly examples. All of us need to have that person in our life who is discipling us in the things of God; just as we should have those who are teaching us, as the Word of God instructs.
(14:8) "Nevertheless my brethren that went up with me made the heart of the people melt: but I wholly followed the LORD my God."
So many times we conduct and regulate our lives based on the conduct of our peers. We completely disregard the leading and teaching of God and the men of God. This verse says the hearts of the people were caused to "melt" or, in other words, they lived in fear while Caleb lived in faith. God is the only source of true faith. Caleb said, "... I wholly followed the LORD my God." Not just "I come to church on Sunday morning, when I do not have anything better to do; but "... I wholly followed the LORD my God."
(14:9) "And Moses sware on that day, saying, Surely the land whereon thy feet have trodden shall be thine inheritance, and thy children's for ever, because thou hast wholly followed the LORD my God."
(14:10) "And now, behold, the LORD hath kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the LORD spake this word unto Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now, lo, I am this day fourscore and five years old."
(14:11) "As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in."
Caleb, even in his advancing years and through all of the trials of life, continues to have faith in the promises of God and remains faithful.
(14:12) "Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the LORD spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the LORD will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the LORD said."
(14:13) "And Joshua blessed him, and gave unto Caleb the son of Jephunneh Hebron for an inheritance."
(14:14) "Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite unto this day, because that he wholly followed the LORD God of Israel."
Caleb wanted the hard assignment! He fully believed and acted on God's promises. "... if so be the LORD will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the LORD said."
What is the "mountain" in your life that you need to trust God for?
Written by Gary Taylor