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 brothers who went up with me made the hearts of the people melt with 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 the Lord my God wholeheartedly.’
14 So Hebron has belonged to Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite ever since, because he followed the Lord, the God of Israel, wholeheartedly.
Caleb reported to Moses according to his convictions (Numbers 13:30), and these convictions were full of faith in God! The other spies wavered and were faithless. Caleb and Joshua were faith-filled and that is described as following God wholeheartedly. It is interesting what the faithless spies report did to the people – their hearts melted with fear. A lack of faith in God does that to people, especially when it is in their leaders. Caleb had the assurance of Israel’s God; One who could do anything! Driving out the people in the land is not a problem for God. His trust and faith and his acting on that faith was wholehearted following of God. Moses promised Caleb Hebron because of his wholeheartedness. And so it became Caleb’s inheritance.
I must follow God wholeheartedly, with absolute, unwavering faith and confidence. God will do through me, through my family and through our church everything He intends – as long as there is faith and confidence in Him. When I as a leader waiver in my faith, it melts the hearts of God’s people. For ground to be taken and the enemy driven out, the hearts of God’s people must be envisioned and full of confidence in our God. Leaders set the pace. Leaders supply this for God’s people. When I have a heart filled with unabashed confidence in the power of God to accomplish everything He intends through me and through His people, there is great blessing! There is an inheritance. There is a richness in life that is never realized through half-hearted following. I want to be like Caleb who wholeheartedly followed God. He was in the minority. There were 10 others who opposed his convictions. Only Joshua agreed with Caleb. Being in the minority really isn’t the issue… following wholeheartedly is (regardless if it is the majority opinion or not). And who entered the Promised Land? Not the majority! Not the 10! They and their generation died in the desert. Joshua and Caleb led God’s people across the Jordan. God is looking for “Calebs” to lead His people.
Father – make me more like this man! Increase my capacity to fully trust You in all things. Forgive me when I’ve wavered in my faith. Help me to lead wholeheartedly and help your people to follow You in the same way, full of confidence in who You are and who we are because of You. I love You, Lord.
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