My grandson Caleb has such a gentle spirit about him. Most of the time he’s content with his world. At only 4 months old, he’s a big boy. When you look at him you can imagine him being a big, strong man someday. Strong and gentle.
I think of another Caleb. The one in the Bible. God had told Moses to send 12 men over to the Promised Land to ‘spy out the land’. Caleb was one of these men. I wonder if God intended for the men to see all the good stuff over there! The land of milk and honey, of bountiful fruit, incredible harvests and beautiful land! Instead, 10 of the 12 came back with big ole’ negative attitudes. All they could focus on was the men over there that looked like giants!
Except for Caleb and Joshua. They knew that God would take care of those enemies. They weren’t worried about that. ……….. Caleb tried to quiet the people as they stood before Moses. “Let’s go at once to take the land,” he said. “We can certainly conquer it!” Numbers 13:30
But instead, the 10 men ‘made’ the whole congretation of Israel take on their negative attitude. And as a result, the whole nation suffered the consequence. Even Caleb and Joshua! That doesn’t seem fair! Caleb and Joshua believed! But isn’t it so true that when we sin, almost always there are innocent victims. Others have to pay the consequence of OUR sin. That’s the way it was for Caleb and Joshua. But God gave them a promise. They WOULD enter the promised land! Only it would be 40 years later.
I wonder what it was like for Caleb living for 40 years with his grumbling, hard-hearted brethren. I wonder if he struggled with being angry with them. Was it hard for him? Did his countrymen resent him, because they knew he would see the promised land some day? Did he ever feel like he just didn’t ‘fit in’?
All I know is he waited for God. He knew God’s promise would come true for him. And it did. 40 years later he took possesion of Hebron. (Joshua 14:13)
Maybe the story of Caleb can apply to us today. Most Christians believe we are living in end times. We are just waiting for Jesus to return. It’s really hard living in this world at times. There is persecution. We have an enemy that is trying to destroy us and our families. We may feel like we don’t ‘fit in’ with the world and the world’s focus.
But let’s be like Caleb. Let’s believe in the promise and wait on our God. This is what God Himself said about Caleb in Numbers 14:24: “But my servant Caleb has a different attitude than the others have. He has remained loyal to me, so I will bring him into the land he explored. His descendants will possess their full share of that land.”
Oh yes! I want to have a ‘Caleb spirit’!!!!