“I am still as strong today as I was in the day Moses sent me; as my strength was then, so my strength is now, for war and for going out and coming in. Now then, give me this hill country about which the LORD spoke on that day, for you heard on that day that Anakim were there, with great fortified cities; perhaps the LORD will be with me, and I will drive them out as the LORD has spoken.”
Caleb is awesome. Only two spies from the first encounter with the Promised Land brought back a good report: Joshua and Caleb. Thing about Caleb? He’s outspoken. The first time around, he told everyone who would listen that the Promised Land was the best and that they should go in and take it because God has promised it to them. Caleb’s thought process was simple: God promised it. God will make good. It’s not that Caleb didn’t see the obstacles—fortified cities, giants, huge armies—it’s that he saw the obstacles standing beside his God and thought it was unfair to the obstacles.
In this mornings verses, Caleb is back to demand that land. When he got back and gave a good report. God promised that Caleb would get all the land he had spied out. Caleb is the original mountain man. He had gone into the mountain regions and checked that place out and knew that there were giants and fortified cities and all manner of other stuff. He was 40 years old when God promised him that land. Now, at 85, he tells Joshua that he wants it, giants and all. He’s just as strong and ready to fight at 85 as he was at 40. And he has so much trust in God’s promise—and the God Who made the promise—that he, Caleb, will get that land that he’s ready to throw down with giants and lay siege to cities. That is some serious trust.
The application here is almost painfully apparent for me. I need to have this same kind of trust in God’s promises and in God Himself. Caleb takes God at His word. “God said I get it. I’m going to go get it.” Do I do the same? God has made amazing, mind-boggling promises to me and every believer in The Bible—do I believe those promises enough to make them my own? Do I trust God to make good on what He has promised? And am I bold enough to go lay claim to those promises that are—by God’s word—rightfully mine?