Read Joshua 14
Caleb was one of the spies Moses sent 45 years earlier. He was one who gave an honest report that they could overtake the city with God’s help. Caleb puts it this way, “Nevertheless, my brethren who went with me made the heart of the people melt, but I wholly followed the Lord my God.”
He goes on to cite examples of his faith:
The Lord has kept me alive, as He said. I am as strong this day as on the day Moses sent me. The Lord will be with me. I shall be able to drive them out as the Lord said.
Caleb constantly gives God the glory. He knows he’s still alive 45 years later by God’s grace. Not just alive, but just as strong now as he was in his youth. The Lord gets the credit. Caleb is confident in the Lord. He knows what God says He does. He boldly asks for land where the giants lived, fully aware God is with him to enable him to drive them out.
What a picture of active faith. He was bold. He was victorious. He got what he desired because he wholly followed the Lord his God.
Are you wholly following the Lord your God? When others look at your life, do they see your faith in action?
Don’t be discouraged if you answer no or you’re not sure. Sometimes we can’t see the impact we have. Let me explain. My friend has a passionate desire to minister to others God’s grace and love. She and her husband have many medical conditions that prevent them from getting involved outside their home. Yet, my friend yearns to reach others for Christ. She thinks she isn’t able to impact anyone because she doesn’t get out of the house much. But I say she has a ministry via the various doctor’s appointments, procedures, physical therapy sessions, etc. For every time she speaks of her encounters with medical staff, she is praising God, giving Him glory and blessing those who are working with her.
Lord, thank you for giving us a ministry to others, even when it’s not what we might think it should be. Help us to live our life for you. Let your light shine brightly in each of us, so you get the glory and others may come to believe in you. In Jesus’ name Amen.