August 28

August 28
by Joe Hill
Like Caleb
 
“They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran. There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land. They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is the fruit. But the people there are powerful, and the cities there are fortified and very large… Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”
Joshua 13:26-27; 30
 
In this passage, we see the report that comes back from the 12 spies that Moses sends into the Promised Land to scout it out before the Hebrews enter it. They have been journeying out of Egypt and through the desert, and are camped outside the Promised Land, a journey which did not actually take 40 years! (surprised?) It actually took more like 1.5-2 years, including a full year camped at Mount Sinai. So where do the 40 years come into play.
 
After the report from the spies, the Hebrew people chose not to listen to Caleb and, as a result, spent the next generation wandering through the desert as God prepared them to take hold of that which he intended them to have!
 
This passage is important to me right now because it seems like there is always a reason to be discouraged. It reminds me of that timeless cliché: nothing good comes easy. I think back to my days on the high school wrestling team. We all dreaded conditioning, but we all knew that you couldn’t last through the 3rd round without it.
 
It is so easy for me to think that God’s will for my life is going to be the path of least resistance. But with my sinful self, and in this sinful world, that is rarely the case. There is always a reason or excuse for why not. I wish I was more like Caleb: that when God led me to the edge of something great, I didn’t tend to opt for what seemed like the path of least resistance, the easy way.
 
Perhaps you are looking at life today and feel overwhelmed by the challenges, and the obstacles. This is the time to remember God’s character and God’s promises. God is loving, gracious, compassionate, and faithful. He has promised that He will be with us in and through all things. Caleb shows us that we can face the challenges of life with firm confidence in God, knowing that there is blessing that comes through the battles. The enemy wants us to listen to the voice that says, “you can’t have what God has promised.” But God is faithful and Jesus has overcome the enemy on our behalf. Don’t be afraid to be like Caleb!

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