Believe: Believe what has been said to you by His Spirit
From the time Caleb and Joshua spy out the Promised Land to the very moment that they are actually being led by the Lord to inherit it, 45 years will have passed.
Throughout those years the entire generation of men of war who were meant to take the land for their posterity has died in the wilderness as aimless wanderers, having gotten close to what the Lord promised but never taking hold of it.
Still, in the midst of the graves, the seemingly endless cycles, and monumental odds that could easily lead into doubt, Joshua makes his home in the Lord’s presence (EXODUS 33:11) while Caleb holds the promise of his mountain close to his heart.
BELIEVE THE WORD OF PROMISE
The Word of Promise, The Word that is our sword of salvation against the enemy is our Rhema Word.
“The definition for Rhema refers to a spoken word that is active or activated for your personal situation, a word that comes to life for you by the Spirit.”
Caleb’s Rhema Word is what keeps him strong, not only in faith but in body, almost as if no time has passed from the moment he was given the word to the day the promise is made manifest.
“Then the children of Judah came to Joshua in Gilgal. And Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him: “You know the word which the Lord said to Moses the man of God concerning you and me in Kadesh Barnea. 7 I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh Barnea to spy out the land, and I brought back word to him as it was in my heart. 8 Nevertheless my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt, but I wholly followed the Lord my God. 9 So Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land where your foot has trodden shall be your inheritance and your children’s forever, because you have wholly followed the Lord my God.’ 10 And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, as He said, these forty-five years, ever since the Lord spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old. 11 As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in. 12 Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the Lord spoke in that day; for you heard in that day how the Anakim were there, and that the cities were great and fortified. It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the Lord said.”
13 And Joshua blessed him, and gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as an inheritance. 14 Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this day, because he wholly followed the Lord God of Israel. 15 And the name of Hebron formerly was Kirjath Arba (Arba was the greatest man among the Anakim).” ~JOSHUA 14:6-15*
Caleb held firm to the Rhema Word spoken to him for 45 years, even as he watched his brethren die in the wilderness. He held on until his strength was such that at the age of 85 he was more hale than he was at 40, to take the mountain.
BELEIVE TO PERSEVERANCE
But here is something we must take into consideration concerning Caleb’s strength and that is for 45 years he walked in the wilderness, building camp and breaking camp, walking and moving, keeping his body strong.
The situation of circling Mount Sinai for 45 years must have seemed useless and utterly hopeless especially in the face of so many fallen, but what seemed useless was what kept him youthful and able to take possession of his mountain when the time came.
Caleb continued in faith as he waited. His belief in the Word of the Lord took his natural state and made something super of it!
Caleb simply and not so simply believed God and was blessed because of it. When the time had fully come, Caleb took possession of his mountain!
BELIEVE IN HIS PRESENCE FOR THE PROMISE
“So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the tabernacle.” ~EXODUS 33:11
Joshua could have chosen to do anything during the 45-year wait in the wilderness, being one of two people from the first generation blessed to take possession of the promise. But what Joshua did was stay in the presence of God even when others departed.
We don’t know much of what Joshua learned alone with God in the Tent of Meeting even when Moses left it, but we do know he made his place there. We know that in so doing he learned the importance of resting and walking in the Word (JOSHUA 1:1-9), and we do know that because he did so, the Children of Israel did inherit the promise.
Even Caleb states his faith in the presence of God being the very thing that will cause him to inherit the promise. “Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the Lord spoke in that day; for you heard in that day how the Anakim were there, and that the cities were great and fortified. It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the Lord said.” (JOSHUA 14:12)
Both Joshua and Caleb are beautiful examples of persevering in the thick of seemingly hopeless and harsh circumstances. They are proof that when you have a Word of Promise, no weaponed formed can prosper against you.
Be encouraged. Take your breath and breathe in faith for your promise, and now…believe.
~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!