Sunday, June 28, 2015

Caleb--One who Followed the Lord with all his Heart

I don't know about you but there are some people of the Bible that I don't know much about and Caleb is one. However, after reading a short article about him online, I know and understand him a bit better. Caleb was a man who lived his life by putting his total faith in God. Caleb's story is in the book of Numbers once the Israelites escaped Egypt and came to the border of the Promised Land. Moses sent 12 spies into the Canaan area to look over the area; Caleb and Joshua were two of the spies.

All of the spies except for Caleb and Joshua said that the land was rich but they felt that the inhabitants of the land were too powerful for the Israelites. Caleb spoke up and said before Moses and the people, "We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it." (Numbers 13:30).

God was so angry with the Israelites because they showed no faith in God that he forced them to wander in the desert for 40 years. All of the Israelites died except for Joshua and Caleb. Later, after the Israelite returned and conquered the land, Joshua, as the new leader, gave Caleb the area around Hebron, which belonged to giants, known as Anakites. These giants had terrified the original spies earlier
but they were no match for God's people.

Interestingly, Caleb's name means "raging with canine madness." Most importantly, he represented the tribe of Judah, from which came our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

So, what can we learn from Caleb? Caleb knew that God would supply him with what he needed to finish the mission. Even when he was the minority, he spoke up for the truth. We can also learn from Caleb that that the weaknesses we have, and we all have some kind of weakness, brings a great deal of strength to us from God to handle anything that comes our way! Caleb also teaches us that we must be loyal to God and in return, He will be loyal to us!

In life, we all face situations similar to Caleb where we are the minority and everyone tells us we can't do this or we can't do that but in reality, we "can do all things through Christ." Not just something here and there but "all things through Christ." Sure we have days when we don't feel well or we have doubts about our abilities or run across people who are blocking our way but those are the times when we must not give up or cave in because Christ is with us--always!

Prayer: Dear God, whoever reads these words, let him or her feel strength and encouragement; knowing that no matter what we face this day or any day, that you will be right there with us! Amen

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