The Holy Spirit has drawn my attention to the character of Caleb who like Joshua did not succumb to the lies of the enemy that they could not take the land that had been promised to them. We tend to emphasis the character of Joshua, no doubt as the took over the leadership from Moses and a book of his exploits has been included in the Cannon. But Caleb is as much a character to study as Joshua.
But here is the point. Caleb and Joshua through no fault of theirs had to wait 40 long years of wilderness wanderings before they we able to enter into Gods promise for them. Through the unbelief of others, they were denied entry into their destiny and calling. This is in despite of both Caleb and Joshua’s lack of unbelief in Gods ability to transport then into the promised land. Their report they gave their fellow Israelites at Kadesh was an unwavering faith, but as their country would not listen to them, they were destined to 40 years of wanderings.
Could it be that the dreams, promises, prophetic words that many of Gods faithful servants have heard and received long ago, that have yet to come to fruition, may not be as a result of yourself? Could it be that the condemnation that some of Gods faithful have lived under need not have occurred? Maybe the bitterness that took root because of an unfulfilled promise should not have been planted in your heart?
But did Caleb allow a bitterness to enter in? Did resentment against his fellows reside in his heart? Read Joshua 14:10-12
Now then, just as the LORD promised, he has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time he said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the wilderness. So here I am today, eighty-five years old!
11 I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then.
12 Now give me this hill country that the LORD promised me that day.
I hear the Lord say to those who like Caleb have remained faithful to me and have continued contenting for my word, the promised land is opening up before you. This is the season of the second chance for those who have remined true, preserving in love and trust that God is the God who keeps his word. As the fire still burnt as bright in Caleb’s heart after 40 years of wilderness sufferings, so to is the door of the promised land opening to the Caleb’s of today.
Can we say, ‘Now, give me the promise that the Lord promised me that day?