Joshua and Caleb. Leaders. Warriors. Obeyers. Mountain-moving men.
Who were these ancient men named Joshua and Caleb?
Joshua and his buddy, Caleb, were sent into the Promised Land along with 10 other men to spy out the land. Moses, their statesman and leader, told these 12 courageous men to bring back a report. Moses wanted to know exactly what and who occupied the land to which the people of God had been assigned.
While the 10 companions of Joshua and Caleb only saw the giants and the impossibilities in the land … Joshua and Caleb saw the infinite size of their God and the eternal power of His might!
“Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, ‘We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we will surely overcome it.’
But the men who had gone up with him, said, ‘We are not able to go up against the people, for they are too strong for us.’
So they gave out to the sons of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, ‘The land through which we have gone, in spying it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants; and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great size … we became like grasshoppers in our own sight and so we were in their sight.’” (Numbers 13:30-33)
The 10 men who walked by sight and not by faith saw only their personal weakness and lack.
The behemoth human beings that Joshua and Caleb saw were not intimidating to them. They were more focused on and in awe of the God Whom they had chosen to serve.
We each have a choice as we take new territory for the Kingdom of God. Will we walk by sight or by faith?
Will the giants in the enemy’s territory determine our perception of who will win? Our flint-like gaze cast upon the power of God must determine our courage and resolute faith.
Joshua knew that the giants of the land would be an easy prey for the people of God. Joshua declared, in the face of insurmountable odds,
“The Lord is with us … do not fear them.” (Numbers 14:9b)
Joyful Thought to Ponder: What does it mean to walk by faith and not by sight?