Courageous Faith or Crippling Doubt (Part 2)

Following up on the story found in Numbers 13, we skip ahead 45 years where Caleb is the only one still alive out of the twelve spies that had spied out the promised land, and delivered their report to Moses. If you remember, when all the other spies were giving bad reports, Caleb responded by saying, “Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.” (Numbers 13:30) Caleb had such confidence in God, he took what God promised as true, and set forth to obtain it.

Now we come to Caleb in Joshua chapter 14 and 15… “And now, behold, the Lord hath kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years… As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even  so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in. Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the Lord spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the Lord will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the Lord said…. And Caleb drove thence the three sons of Anak, Sheshai, and Ahiman, and Talmai, the children of Anak.”   – Joshua 14:10a, 11-12, 15:14

As we see here, Caleb’s complete faith in God gave him the courage to overcome what seemed to be impossible. Here’s an 85 year old man taking on giants who had struck fear into an entire nation. Yet he had courage because he knew what God had promised. As for the other 11 spies that had entered into the land with Caleb 45 years earlier, God did not allow them to enter into the promised land and consequently they all died before this time.

How will you respond to life’s challenges? With faith? or Crippling doubt?

What shall we then say to these things, if God be for us, who can be against us?
– Romans 8:31

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