I’ve been reading Numbers 13 and 14 and praying to God that I can be like Caleb and Joshua, a woman who will trust and believe God even when all of hell (and close family members) is against you.
The ten cry babies or spies who rejected God were bogged down by what they saw, ignoring the fruit they had gathered and embracing the lie of perceived circumstances—something I fight everyday NOT to do.
I love what the LORD said about Caleb in Numbers 14:20-24:
20 The LORD replied, “I have forgiven them, as you asked. 21 Nevertheless, as surely as I live and as surely as the glory of the LORD fills the whole earth, 22 not one of those who saw my glory and the signs I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness but who disobeyed me and tested me ten times— 23 not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their ancestors. No one who has treated me with contempt will ever see it. 24 But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.
God honored Caleb because Caleb honored God. I want to have that kind of heart toward God and the things He tells me to do. What are some marks of people like Caleb (and Joshua)?
1.) They saw opportunity, not obstacles (i.e. grasshoppers)
2.) They are totally devoted to God
3.) They are willing to go against the majority and with God
4.) They have broken and sensitive spirits
5.) They look to God to fight on their behalf
6.) They are willing to do whatever part gives them to fulfill God’s vision
7.) They are sure of their victory because of God’s power and presence, not their own strength