Faithful Caleb – Numbers 13-14

by Pastor John Fredericksen

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Trainer Felicia Foy has an amazing dog, Super Nova, who performs a large array of tricks. On command, Super Nova will walk backward or in a circle, only on his back feet, only on his front feet, or in between her legs as she walks. When Felicia bends over and issues a command, her dog will jump up, balance on her back, and then sit up. When Felicia lies down and raises either one or two feet, at the moment she is instructed, Super Nova jumps onto the soles of her feet, balances, and sits up. Whatever Super Nova is instructed to do, he does without hesitation.

After being successfully brought out of Egypt, the nation of Israel was poised to enter their promised land. At the instruction of the Lord, Moses sent twelve men to spy out the land. When these spies returned, they re- ported that it was a rich land, flowing with milk and honey. However, ten of the twelve men said, “We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we…men of great stature…” (Numbers 13:31-32). Undeterred, two of the men, in faith, believed God would give them the land as He promised. “And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it” (Numbers 13:30). Unfortunately, the congregation of Israel chose to believe the “evil report.” They openly wept, murmured against Moses, complained that it would have been better to remain in Egypt, and began to choose a new leader to take them back into that bondage. When Joshua and Caleb sought again to convince the people that God would give them the land, they would have been stoned to death had the Lord not intervened. This entire generation died in the wilderness for their lack of faith, but not Caleb. God said, “But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed Me fully, him will I bring into the land…and his seed shall possess it” (Numbers 14:24).

God sees and honors those who choose to have a godly spirit of faith, and walk in obedience to whatever the Lord instructs them to do. Even today, these kind of saints inherit the blessing of God in joy and often see Him do great things simply because they choose to fully follow the Lord. Choose to be a Caleb!

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