Joshua 14:6-15 – Now the people of Judah approached Joshua at Gilgal, and Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, “You know what the Lord said to Moses the man of God at Kadesh Barnea about you and me. 7 I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh Barnea to explore the land. And I brought him back a report according to my convictions, 8 but my fellow Israelites who went up with me made the hearts of the people melt in fear. I, however, followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly. 9 So on that day Moses swore to me, ‘The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed theLord my God wholeheartedly.’ 10 “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 strongtoday 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. You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but, the Lord helping me, I will drive them out just as he said.” 13 Then Joshua blessed Caleb son of Jephunneh and gave him Hebron as his inheritance. 14 So Hebron has belonged to Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite ever since, because he followed the Lord, the God of Israel, wholeheartedly.15 (Hebron used to be called Kiriath Arba after Arba, who was the greatest man among the Anakites.) Then the land had rest from war.
Are you still waiting on a promise from God? Have you been forgotten? Here is something I wrote long ago when I was feeling forgotten. Today, I am feeling convicted.
Have you forgotten about me, God? I feel forgotten. It’s been a long time. I miss them so much. I know You were there when my world fell apart. I know I spoke a blessing over my family before I allowed the darkness to consume me and I know when I said, “God is going to take care of us” before my eyes were veiled from Your Truth that You heard me. I know You heard me because my family prospered and I survived so I know You heard me. I know that You allowed me to suffer so that I could bring You glory, so where are You today? Where were You yesterday? Where are You now? Did You Forget? What about them? What about THEM, God? Do they hate me? Do they think about me when they lay their heads down at night? Do they know what I look like or do they even care that I am still alive? Do their hearts ache for me ever? Do they wonder? Do they know You? Do they know what You promised me? Do they believe it? What do they sound like? What games do they like to play? What are their favorite pastimes and what do they like to eat? When they skin their knees on their tall lanky legs, do they wish I was there to kiss it and make it better? I WANT TO SCREAM!! How much longer? I’m willing to wait, God, and I am being so patient! I am listening for Your voice but all I hear today is crickets. I have a lot of good words, God. I have a lot of things that you tell me to say. I push aside myself and give myself away for You everyday, so why do I feel forgotten??? I LOVE YOU, Lord. I understand that your ways are not my ways. I can’t even begin to think like you think. Please don’t tarry long, O Lord.
Caleb wasn’t jealous of Joshua. He didn’t beg for his promise on a daily basis. He trusted God with what he knew belonged to him and he waited, with TRUE FAITH. Do you remember that when God sent the spies in Numbers 13 to go into the promised land that Caleb was one of the only ones who brought back a good report? He saw the giants, but he was not swayed by them because HE BELIEVED GOD. We must remain faithful our WHOLE LIVES, never allowing ourselves to rest on past accomplishments.
How long are you willing to wait???
God is honoring promises TODAY that have taken thousands of years to come to pass. God keeps His Word and His Word NEVER returns void!!
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To further your reading, and to dive a bit deeper, consider this from Deuteronomy 1:35-36 – “No one from this evil generation shall see the good land I swore to give your ancestors, 36 except Caleb son of Jephunneh. He will see it, and I will give him and his descendants the land he set his feet on, because he followed the Lord wholeheartedly.”
Because he followed the Lord wholeheartedly. Wow. Am I following the Lord WHOLEHEARTEDLY? Or am I hardening my heart and only CHOOSING to do certain things to get by? Am I testing God because of stubborn doubts? I want the land that belongs to me. Am I wracked with envy? Jealous of others gifts and blessings? Gossipping behind their backs and being gentle to their face? What am I doing today that honors the Lord? Do I deserve the land I am going to possess????