Every time Caleb shows up in the Old Testament, he is being faithful, obedient and courageous.
When I get to heaven, I want to meet him.
He’s not a central character in the Bible – he doesn’t have a main story line. He’s never the star but he does an awesome job in his supporting role.
Caleb shows up as Joshua’s sidekick a couple of times and every time he’s right on target. He is always choosing to believe what God has promised. He is willing to take God’s word and act on it. He’s brave. He doesn’t forget what God has already done in his life. He’s consistent.
“I, however, followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly.” Joshua 14:8. This is how Caleb described himself when comparing his actions with those of the other spies who brought back a negative report about the Promised Land.
Wholeheartedly. What a good word!
Even though he was surrounded by other Israelites who lacked trust in God and were weak in their faith, Caleb never waivered. He stood strong. His faith in God defined his life.
I am encouraged and challenged by Caleb. I’m encouraged because he was always faithful through many years in good times and bad. I’m challenged by Caleb because I would like that same thing to be said my life.
When I leave this earth, I want this to be true of my life – that I walked closely with God for a very long time.
Just like Caleb.