20 September 2010

Caleb's Humility

Joshua 14:11-13 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 Joshua blessed him, and gave unto Caleb the son of Jephunneh Hebron for an inheritance.

Was in the services at Sweet Springs Baptist Church in Ardmore, AL on Sunday, September 5 and heard national St. Lucian missionary Samuel Philbert preach a message on Caleb. I don’t recall every point made in the sermon, but one point stood out particularly, and that was a discussion on Caleb’s humility.

Remember when 12 men went to spy out Canaan, and 10 were bad, and 2 were good (can’t escape the Sunday school song)? The 2 that brought back the good report were Joshua and Caleb. Of all that escaped Egypt on Passover night, these 2 men were the only ones that actually made it into the promised land, because of their faithful stand in this instance.

Now if you read Numbers 13, you find that of the 2, Caleb was the spokesmen. Caleb was at the forefront. But when Moses passes on, it is Joshua who is chosen to replace him as the leader of the people. It is Joshua who is chosen to take charge of the conquest of the promised land. And because Caleb was a good man, because Caleb was a humble man, Caleb was totally fine with it.

He didn’t pout. He didn’t get upset. He didn’t start his own campaign. He didn’t quit.

He kept serving God. He kept trusting God’s word. He kept gaining ground. He kept moving forward. He kept doing what God gave him to do.

Praise the Lord. God give us more Calebs.

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