When God says move, do you? When God says I will give you power, strength and take care of you, do you move forward, or do you turn and run back to the known? Lately, I have been craving the known, and the comfortable. I know this isn't what God has for me.
We have been looking at the Israelites. Last week, we asked, "Why did you turn back to the wilderness?" This week let's look at someone who didn't want to go back to the wilderness, but instead wanted to march into the promised land. Yet, he still spent 40 years in the wilderness. The difference between him and the others? God allowed him to enter into the promised land. Why?
If was his faith in God. Here are 3 fruits that appeared because of Caleb's faith.
1. Caleb went when he was sent by Moses. Caleb followed the others into the land of Canaan to see what the land was like and to see what the people were like. They were to check out the land and report back. 40 days of exploring what God had promised them. It seemed like a good idea, but it caused the others to doubt just how big God is. Caleb didn't let fear enter in. Caleb was fearless.
Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them. - Numbers 14:9
2. Caleb was bold in his faith. While the others were telling Moses and the Israelites about the land, how it was fruitful, and beautiful. They mentioned that while the land was good, the people in the area were not. They were giants, their cities were fortified by walls. But Caleb spoke up, he quieted everyone and said.
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.” - Numbers 13:30 NIV
Caleb wasn't worried about what the others saw because he knew that God would take care of them, as He had when they left Egypt and while they walked in the wilderness. God had proven He was worthy of their faith.
3. God gave Caleb Strength. Caleb was young and strong when he went to spy on the promised land. God blessed him, even through Caleb had to spend the next 40 years wondering in the wilderness waiting on God's promise. Caleb kept the faith, and God blessed Caleb with strength.
I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then. Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me that day.You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but, the Lord helping me, I will drive them out just as he said.” - Joshua 14:11-12 NIV
The thing is, Caleb knew that his strength wasn't all there was. Caleb still had the faith to know that despite the fact that he was 40 years older, with God he would still be able to drive out the Anakites. Even if their cities were fortified.