Archive for January 19th, 2012

Joshua 14

Joshua 14 has more discussion about how Joshua and Moses divvy up the land.  They were passing out the land to the nine and a half tribes that were yet to get theirs.  Moses had already allotted the land on the other side of the Jordan to those who requested it.  Now comes Caleb – one of the two spies Moses had sent out 45 years earlier to see what was there in the Promised Land.  He came back, along with Joshua giving a good report to go and take the land while the other 10 said no.  So now Caleb wants to collect on the promise Moses had made him.

Moses had said “Surely the land on which your foot has trodden shall be an inheritance for you and your children forever, because you have wholly followed the Lord my God”.  Moses made a promise and now Joshua is going to deliver.  Caleb is 85 years old – 45 years in the wilderness waiting for this time.  And now he is ready to collect on the promise Moses made.  The key to Caleb’s success?  He wholly followed the Lord.  Not mostly, not partly, but wholly.  Complete obedience to God and His will.  Complete surrender and submission to the Father.  That is an example of faithfulness.  Caleb traveled with the people and is one of the few to still be alive.  God has blessed him indeed.

So he comes to Joshua and wants his inheritance.  His ask was for Hebron and scripture tells us that “Hebron became the inheritance of Caleb”.  God honored his faithfulness – first as a spy and then for 45 years of wandering.  That is a pretty amazing track record.  And the most amazing of all are these words again: “he wholly followed the Lord”.

Do we even know what that means?  How do we wholly follow the Lord?  It begins by being on God’s page and understanding God’s plan.  We have to know what God desires before we can wholly follow.  Once we know what God wants from us – then we have to choose to live that way.  Obedience is a matter of choice.  But wholly following means we follow completely in every area every moment of every day.  It is quite a feat.  Joshua and Caleb were guys who lived that way.  And in far more difficult circumstances than we face.  Are you ready to commit to God at that level?  It is the optimum place to be.  I know it is the desire of my heart!

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