Caleb's Perspective

Caleb's Perspective

Nevertheless my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt, but I wholly followed the LORD my God. Joshua 14:8 (NKJV)

Have you ever had someone give you their personal perspective on a situation and you found yourself overwhelmed with what they were saying?   They see something and they automatically imagine the worse case scenario and they begin to tell others about what they think is going to happen—causing those who listen to begin to doubt, worry and even fear.  

Such was the case with the people of Israel after Moses sent in twelve spies to check out the Promised Land. Caleb was one of the spies who came back and spoke about how the land was flowing with milk and honey, and they even brought back a huge vine of grapes to show the people.  He didn't just sugar coat the situation but was truthful about the inhabitants being strong and the cities being fortified.  

Caleb knew God had promised to protect them and he fully trusted Him, so he quieted the people and said, "Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it" (Num. 13:27-30). Of the twelve spies, only Joshua shared Caleb's heart and trust in God, so the other ten men who had scouted out the land quickly began to plant seeds of doubt within the minds of the people.  They chose to look at things in a negative way and they greatly influenced those who gave their words validity by painting a picture of certain defeat.  Their negative assessment of the challenges lying before them caused the hearts of those who listen to them to melt in fear (Josh. 14:8)

I find this same character flaw to be present today as much as it was in Caleb's day.  There are many of us within the body of believers today who have been called by God to do a great work—to trust God's promises and to walk forward in faith, and yet we can still refrain from being obedient.  It may be we have watched the news or listened to someone at the local coffee shop and heard about a potential conflict of war; rising prices of fuel, or the dismal financial stock market reports, and our hearts melted in fear and worry.  

I think it is important for us to read these great stories within the Bible so we don't make the same mistakes.  We need to always focus on the truth of God being in control, and remember how faithful He is to His children.  

You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to mediate upon these truths today. Let's not get so caught up in all the negative rhetoric we begin to freak out and become fearful.  Let's keep our minds fixed upon God and continue to trust Him.  We have been given the promise of perfect peace as we do this (Isa. 26:3).

STUDY QUESTION: According to Joshua 14:8, what happened to those who listened to the naysayers instead of trusting in God?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you found yourself listening to people who fear and fret about the future rather than keeping your mind fixed upon God and His many promises to protect and provide for you?

APPLICATION: Let's choose to keep our mind fixed upon the Lord and His Word.  Let's choose to trust Him regardless of what others are fearing or saying.  

Let's Pray…

Father, we trust in You and we thank You for all protection and provision.  Lord we choose to keep our minds focused upon Your Word today and believe You rather than those who would cause us to doubt or worry.  Help us to remember this when we find ourselves tempted to doubt and worry.  In Jesus' precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

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