03 Aug Hey, what about me?
Read Joshua 14:6-15
Thought for the Day: I trust God!
Caleb could have lived his whole life as “the other guy”. When Moses sent twelve spies into the Promised Land, Joshua and Caleb returned to Moses ready to lead the charge… but the other ten believed their task was impossible. While Joshua and Caleb believed God was strong enough to bring the people victory, the other ten simply believed the people were too weak for the coming battles. But, when it finally came time to enter the Promised Land, Joshua alone was picked to succeed Moses and command the armies. Caleb, while faithful, faded into obscurity…
Rather than resenting being passed up for the big promotion, Caleb continued to raise his family and serve God. Content to do his part, Caleb willingly submitted to God. Rather than feeling passed over, Caleb understood who was really in charge: God! When it came time to settle down in the conquered land, Caleb once again submitted to God. Rather than coming to Joshua in frustration or with an entitled attitude, Caleb continued to do his part:
“I am still as strong today as I was the day that Moses sent me; my strength now is as my strength was then, for war and for going and coming. So now give me this hill country of which the Lord spoke on that day, for you heard on that day how the Anakim were there, with great fortified cities. It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall drive them out just as the Lord said.”
What about us? Instead of feeling left out at times, do we always remember that God is in control? Instead of turning to entitlement or resentment, let’s learn the lesson of Caleb: each of us has the privilege of being a servant of God!
Pastors Stan and David