“Now Give Me My Land”

Then the people of Judah came to Joshua at Gilgal. And Caleb the son of Jephunneh said to him, ‘You know what the Lord said to Moses the man of God in Kadesh-barnea 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.” Joshua 14:8-14

Caleb was an exemplary Israelite whose body’s vigor was matched by his faith’s fortitude. Half his life ago, upon embarking on their quest for Canaan, Caleb and Joshua had been the only spies with the courage to go take the good land. But because of the others’ lack of faith, God led them on a generation-long journey through the wilderness during which all the others died. Now the time had come to take possession, and Caleb puts his unwavering faith into action: ‘Now give me my land.’ He had held the promise and never let go; what was vowed to him was as good as accomplished over the decades of wandering. (Numbers 13)

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All that God promises us, in the present and for the future, is certain because His word is fixed, He is trustworthy, and He has sealed us with His Spirit as a guarantee of our inheritance. Though it may be foggy or distant, a long time in coming, it is still sure. Our spiritual riches now are a foretaste of our divine, eternal riches in glory, and owning them, we are well-supplied to live with great vitality, expectancy, and joy, knowing the best is yet to come. (Psalm 119:89; 2 Corinthians 1:22; 4:17; Ephesians 1:13; Philippians 4:19)

How familiar are we with the rich promises of God? How fully do we follow, how firmly do we believe His word? What sloth, what fear, what distraction, dampens our motivation to live boldly with zealous hope?

Father, help me thrive as Your royal child, possessor by faith of all You promise, to Your praise and honor.

 

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