“But My servant Caleb has a different attitude than the others have. He has remained loyal to me, so I will bring him into the land he explored. His descendants will possess their full share of that land.”
In spite of Joshua and Caleb’s strong argument to pursue their enemies in Canaan and possess the land that was promised to them, the people of Israel continued to wallow in self pity and even threatened to stone them after hearing their words. Yet because of the Israelites rebellion and because they did not believe God’s promises for them, the Lord punished them by saying that “they will never see the land I swore to their ancestors”, moreover “none of those who have treated me with contempt will ever see it.”
How sad. The Israelites were so close to the promised land. If it took the 12 spies 40 days to travel there, explore and come back, then at least they were less than 40 days walk away. Yet because of their rebellion everyone over 20 years old, completely missed out on the Promised Land, except Joshua and Caleb. Why? What was so different about Joshua and Caleb?
They had both seen exactly what the others had seen. The had seen how God led them out of the land of Egypt, they had seen God’s protection when He parted the sea for them, they had seen God’s divine provision of quail and they had seen God give the people the law on Mount Sinai. Yet what was different about them was their faith and belief in God’s promises even in the face of persecution time and time again, and here in spite of the consequences and despite they were completely the minority continued to believe in God’s promises.
Do you ever feel like the individual voice among the crowd, the minority fighting for justice, fighting for purity, holiness and Godliness? Sometimes it is hard being the only standing out, yet just as Joshua and Caleb were commended for their attitudes, so will we be. The reward for their faithfulness was that they would see God’s promise fully revealed. Let us join with Caleb and Joshua being God pleasers not man pleasers, let us have a different attitude and let us rejoice in the blessings of faithfulness.