“The people of Judah came to Joshua at Gilgal. And Caleb said to him, ‘You know what the Lord said to Moses the man of God concerning you and me. 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. But my brothers who went up with me made the heart of the people melt; yet I wholly followed the Lord my God. 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.” 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. 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. 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.’ Then Joshua blessed him, and he gave Hebron to Caleb for an inheritance. Therefore Hebron became the inheritance of Caleb to this day, because he wholly followed the Lord, the God of Israel… And Caleb drove out from there the descendants of Anak.” Joshua 14:6-14; 15:14
Faithful Caleb had spent over half his life patiently looking to God’s promise, trusting it to be true, and at the right time he requested its fulfillment. This is a beautiful picture of faith exercised, unwavering over the years, and now grasping what was assured him.
The scriptures are full of promises to us that we let lie fallow, out of either ignorance, lack of faith, or an over-consumption with self and our own efforts at winning and achieving our own successes. I am inspired by Caleb in that he never lost sight of the land committed to him, and was willing to wait to possess it– the promise was as sure as accomplished, and kept him steady through the decades, taking one step at a time, tuned in to God’s perfect timing. As his physical strength had not waned, neither had his zeal for God’s gift to him.
Do I take time to search the scriptures for God’s rich promises to me of strength, wisdom, guidance, provision, peace, hope? And then, do I claim them in grateful, expectant prayer, thus honoring the trustworthiness of the One Who offers and delights to give? Am I willing to let go of my stubborn control and penchant to make things happen myself, to exercise faith by deliberately, actively trusting God to bring about what He says He will? (1 Chronicles 29:12; Psalm 32:8; Proverbs 3:5-6; Matthew 6:33; 7:7; John 16:33; Romans 15:13; Philippians 4:6-7)
Lord, You are bountiful, able, and trustworthy. Grant me faith to possess all You have promised to give, that You alone are magnified.