Joshua 14:7-13 – Standing on the Promises of God

Joshua 14:7-13
Forty years old was I when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadeshbarnea to espy out the land; and I brought him word again as it was in mine heart.
8 Nevertheless my brethren that went up with me made the heart of the people melt: but I wholly followed the Lord my God.
9 And Moses sware on that day, saying, Surely the land whereon thy feet have trodden shall be thine inheritance, and thy children’s for ever, because thou hast wholly followed the Lord my God.
10 And now, behold, the Lord hath kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the Lord spake this word unto Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now, lo, I am this day fourscore and five years old.
11 As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in.
12 Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the Lord spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the Lord will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the Lord said.
13 And Joshua blessed him, and gave unto Caleb the son of Jephunneh Hebron for an inheritance.

-When Caleb was 40 years old, he followed the Lord without fail into the Promised Land and asked for his share of it.  Due to the fear of those around him, he was denied that request and made to wait and wander in the wilderness for another 45 years as he watched those around him die away.  It’s another one of those stories that may seem bad on the surface, but should be looked at a little deeper.  1) By waiting 45 years, Caleb was able to really prove the depth of his faith to the Lord.  2) The Lord sustained him during the extra time and by his own admission, he was just as strong at 85 as he was at 40; how many of us can or will be able to make such a claim?  3) Finally, the Lord made sure that his request was not forgotten and even though it was delayed, Caleb did receive everything that was promised to him.  Caleb came from the house of Jephunneh which means “he will be prepared” and that’s the lesson we should all take away from this; just as Caleb had prepared his heart to follow after God no matter what, so should we do the same.

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