Caleb’s life is a testimony of God’s grace. Adopted by the tribe of Judah. He was granted the identical rights as a biological descendant of Abraham.
Caleb was fearless. Giants, hostile crowds, even aging were simply divine opportunities for God’s grace.
In each of our lives there is a single defining moment that leaves an indelible fingerprint. Standing before the nation of Israel was Caleb’s defining moment.
Can you imagine his excitement? Caleb, Judah’s adoptive son would deliver news that would forever change the lives of those who heard it. Unfortunately, the news did change everyone’s lives, but not as Caleb had anticipated.
The bellow of the shofar horn quiets the restless crowd. Desperate for good news, the crowd hangs onto every word spoken by Moses and the expedition team.
“Moses and my fellow Israelites. This land is a land of bounty just as the Lord has promised. Fruit is plentiful.”
Immediately, two men raise high a single cluster of grapes hung between two poles. Cheering, surpassing any heard at a concert or sporting event erupts. Dazzling smiles, suffocating hugs and thunderous back slapping rapidly spread throughout the crowd.
Once again the sounds of the shofar float over the crowd. A member of the scouting expedition steps forward.
“We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit.
Nevertheless, the people who dwell in the land are strong. The cities are fortified and very large. Moreover, we saw the descendants of Anak there. The Amalekites dwell in the land of the South. The Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountains. The Canaanites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan.” Numbers 13:27-29
Then it begins. The death of hope and the birth of despair and bondage contaminate the air.
Fearful children hang onto their mothers’ legs.
Men shout, “What do you mean there are giants? What kind of god promises to give us land where giants rule? I told you we never should have left Egypt. I’d rather be a slave than die at the hands of giants.”
Outraged by the crowd’s monstrous demonstration of unbelief. Caleb shouts, “Let us go up at once and possess it. We are well able to conquer it.” Numbers 13:30
Caleb was confident of success. Unlike the multitude, Caleb did not question God’s faithfulness. Knowing the Lord gives His children present grace and favor and future glory, honor, splendor and heavenly bliss. Psalm 84:11
Children who walk by faith, not by sight. Not carried away by varied and strange teachings. For it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace. Hebrews 13:9
When Jesus returns. Worldwide there will be believers embodying Jesus.
No longer compromising God’s word. Boldly proclaiming the Gospel— God’s heavenly treaty with earth’s inhabitants.
Individuals who have a different spirit. The light of God’s glory dwells within them. Fueled by unwavering confidence in the goodness and faithfulness of the Lord.
List 5 things you unequivocally believe about God.
(Excerpt from I AM The Grace Giver)