Steady Eddie--Caleb

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Today's reading: Joshua 14:1-15:63; Numbers 13:25-14:30

The Israelites continue to follow God's instructions as they divide the land God has given them west of the Jordan river. It's at this point that Scripture, once again, mentions Caleb, who was one of the spies Moses initially sent into the promised land (Numbers 13-14). Caleb was the only returning spy to recommend that the Israelites proceed to take the land. The Israelites didn't listen because the other spies, who were afraid, had recommended not proceeding according to God's direction. Here are Caleb's words found in Numbers 14:7-9.

"The land, which we passed through to spy it out, is an exceedingly good land. If the LORD delights in us, he will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land that flows with milk and honey. Only do not rebel against the LORD. And do not fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. Their protection is removed from them, and the LORD is with us; do not fear them."

Unfortunately, Caleb's words went unheeded and God judged the Israelites as a result, not allowing any of them living at the time to enter the promised land, except for Caleb.

In Joshua 14, it is now 45 years later and Caleb reminds Joshua of his faithfulness and asks for the promised inheritance given to him by God and Moses in Numbers 14. Not only this, but Caleb, at the age of 85, is still dedicated and faithful to God and tells Joshua that he is still strong and ready to drive the people out of the land before him. Caleb was truly a man following God.

What was the most important thing you learned from Caleb's actions and words in Numbers and Joshua? What does his example show us about serving the Lord as we grow older? Tami

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Following and putting your trust in God is beneficial to a prosperous and long life. Caleb and Joshua believed that God would do what he promised, they were faithful to God and depended on his promises.

Caleb was trusting God and did not let his eyes deceive him. He saw tall, stronger people, but did not let that intimidate him because he knew the power of God. God honored his faith and that impacted him and his descendants. There is not such thing as "retirement" for a Christian. We should always be willing to share the Good News and work for Him till the end.

Caleb's actions showed that his words were genuine. It's important by that we walk what we talk.

Caleb and Joshua saw the same people and surroundings that the other spies saw; but their perception of the situation was different because they completely trusted God! They were rewarded for their belief. As I grow older, it is important for me to continue to trust in a God who loves me even if the way is full of struggles! My reward is joy, peace and a home in Heaven!

Amen, I agree totally with Charlene's statement. There are so many people in this world that perceive things differently, and that's because we are different and the same. But the Good News is that Gods word never changes. We mature in Christ and learn to TRUST and believe and obedient.

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