Greetings KOTR Parents!
Our person of interest this week is CALEB. Caleb was a faithful follower of God. He and Joshua were the only ones of their generation to enter the Promised Land. The story we want to explore is located in Numbers 13-14.
The Children of Israel found themselves standing on the edge of the Promised Land after they were delivered from Egypt. God told Moses to send out 12 men to spy out the land He was giving them. Joshua and Caleb were two of those selected. Moses told them:
“See what the land is like, and find out whether the people living there are strong or weak, few or many. See what kind of land they live in. Is it good or bad? Do their towns have walls, or are they unprotected like open camps? Is the soil fertile or poor? Are there many trees? Do your best to bring back samples of the crops you see.” (Numbers 13:18-20 NLT)
The spies were gone for 40 days. When they returned they reported:
“We entered the land you sent us to explore, and it is indeed a bountiful country—a land flowing with milk and honey ... But the people living there are powerful, and their towns are large and fortified. We even saw
giants there ...”(Numbers 13:27-28 NLT)
10 spies came back full of fear and with the report that it would be foolish to enter the land and go up against the people! But Caleb stood and proclaimed that the Israelites were able to go and possess the land, just as the Lord had promised.
The Israelites agreed with the report of the 10 spies and God caused them to wander in the wilderness for 40 years. Every person 20 years old or older would die in the wilderness except Joshua and Caleb. Their belief in God’s power and thankfulness of heart set them up for great victory and positioned them to receive God’s promises.
After 40 years of waiting for God’s Word to be fulfilled, Caleb (and Joshua) enter the Promised Land. Caleb rehearses his faithfulness to God as well as God’s faithfulness to him! He kept God’s Word alive in his heart and he received his reward.
Just like Caleb, Joshua, and the 10 spies, we have choices to make everyday. Our choice to stand firm on God’s Word brings the fulfillment of His promises.
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
1 Corinthians 15:58 (NKJV)