Been Waiting Long?
To be honest, I never gave Caleb much thought after he and Joshua returned with their report of the Promise Land. See, God had said to Israel, “Look, I am giving all this land to you! Go in and occupy it, for it is the land the Lord swore to give you.” (Deut 1:8) Twelve scouts were sent to check out this new land, but Caleb and Joshua were the only two who believed God would deliver it. Caleb never doubted God would give Canaan over to Israel. His attitude was, “Forget about the giants…we got this!” Sadly though, he had to endure the wilderness with those who did doubt.
Caleb was forty when he was promised his portion of the land. Some forty-five years later, that’s…4…T…5 years later…the promise was still unfulfilled. This guy never lost his faith in the power of God nor did he lose his zeal to see God’s promise fulfilled. Whether Caleb was scouting out the Promised Land or waiting it out in the wilderness, he remained steadfast. “For my part, I wholeheartedly followed the Lord my God.” (Joshua 14:8)
Full of resolve, Caleb went before Joshua, “Today, I am eighty-five years old. I am as strong now as I was when Moses sent me on that journey, and I can still travel and fight as well as I could then.” (Joshua14:10-11) This man was unshakeable. I can imagine him saying, “Joshua, remember when you and I saw giants over there? Give me that hill country that the Lord promised me; if the Lord is with me, I will drive them out just as the Lord said.” He believed in his heart and was confessing with his mouth, just as he did four decades earlier, “Forget the giants…we got this! The Word of God will prevail!”
Have you been waiting long to see the promises of God fulfilled? God would have you know you are not forgotten. Do not lose faith and do not lose your zeal to see the promises fulfilled. Simply stay rooted in the Word of God daily. Faith will increase by way of the Word. As you remain faithful in following the Lord, you will see that the Word of God always prevails.
Caleb did see his promise fulfilled. Not only did he drive out the existing giants in his old age, but he also drove out the memory of them by renaming the land. Complete victory. Complete fulfillment. Faithful God.