A Wholehearted Disciple
Eternal God, reassure me in my doubts and fears so that I may set my hope fully on You.
Read Joshua 14:6–15
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“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken” (Psa. 55:22). This is the God of Caleb and our God.
Caleb and Joshua were two of the 12 spies sent by Moses into Canaan (Num. 13,14). Contrary to the majority report that saw Canaan as unconquerable, they urged Israel to possess Canaan as God had promised. Caleb was 40, and he and Joshua were the only ones from the group that had left Egypt who were allowed to enter the Promised Land. God commended Caleb for having “a different spirit” and for following him wholeheartedly; he promised him an inheritance in Canaan (Num. 14:24). Caleb had waited 45 years to claim this promise; he now approached Joshua and reminded him of past events.
That Caleb followed the Lord wholeheartedly is repeated to emphasize the distinctive character of the man (8,9,14). He never left God’s path and did not keep anything from God. He loved God with all his heart and there was no duplicity in him (cf. Deut. 6:5; Matt. 22:37). His was an undivided heart (cf. Psa. 86:11; Ezek. 11:19). He was not led by his own desires or popular opinions. He spoke “according to [his] convictions” (7). He kept talking about God: the Lord will lead us, will give us and is with us (Num. 14:8,9).
Even at 85, Caleb’s faith and frame remained strong (11). It was time to claim God’s promises and he was ready to drive out the Anakites from the land God had promised him. It was hill country, a terrain that would deter a much younger man, but Caleb’s passion and trust in God was sturdy. Not presumptuous, he knew he would succeed only with “the Lord helping me” (12). He is a brilliant model of faith and faithfulness. On top of that, he had Kenizzite roots (14), meaning that he was not a descendant of Jacob but of Esau (Gen. 36:11). It is not your pedigree but your faith and faithfulness that matters.
What quality of Caleb’s life do you want for yourself and for your family? What would it mean practically for you to serve God wholeheartedly at this time?
Lord, help me to be like Caleb and follow You wholeheartedly.
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