1/23/14 BIBLE PASSAGE (Joshua 13,14,15)
God rewarded Caleb for the relentless faith that he demonstrated towards him in the wilderness. Caleb and Joshua had refused to turn their back against God when others did so. They encouraged Israelites to stay focus and pursue God’s promise of the Canaan Land – even though giants were living in the land at the time. Since Caleb had a different spirit, God promised to honor him (Numbers 14:24). Meanwhile, Caleb remained resolute in faith at 85 years old. He demanded that Joshua award him his land portions while the giants still resided there. He believed that God who promised to give him the land would fulfill his promise at all cost.
Caleb approached Joshua and said, “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. Nevertheless my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt, but I wholly followed the Lord my God. 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.’ 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. 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. 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.” And Joshua blessed him, and gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as an inheritance. 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. And the name of Hebron formerly was Kirjath Arba (Arba was the greatest man among the Anakim).Then the land had rest from war” (Joshua 14:7-15).
A person of faith cannot regret, since God encourages everyone to trust him. The whole world may appear as if it is turned upside down, but a person of faith will still be flying with wings of an eagle. Jehovah will continue to support anyone who has faith – whether male or female, young or old – so that his name can be praised on earth. God will pay bills, he will heal sick, and he will bring numerous goodness to a person who remains steadfast in him against any circumstance. Therefore, everyone is encouraged to rejoice in God despite any life circumstance. The faces of people who reserve their trust in God shall shine in this life, and in heaven also. Praise God!
Dear God, please give me resolute faith that will remain un-shifted in the sight of any challenge. Let me be strong and hold firm to my confessions of faith in you. In fact, let Satan be ashamed because I have strong faith in you. Let me receive products of faith, which are not limited to joy, prosperity and testimonies. For in the name of Jesus Christ I desire to have resolute faith in you. Amen!