Updated: Aug 24, 2020
by Dave Miller
Caleb and Joshua believed that the Lord could fight for them in the face of the overpowering adversaries. The difference between the view of the 10 and the 2 was simple. The ten were asking, “What could we do?” The two believed God can.
When I spend time with Christian leaders, unfortunately I tend to hear the refrain of the ten instead of the two. I catch myself wondering the same when I look at the enormity of the task and the motive of much of the “Christian” culture. When we hear the words of Jesus, that all will hear and then the end will come, how do we respond?
The punishment for Israel’s unbelief was 40 years of wondering in the wilderness. Two men, Joshua and Caleb, were pleading with their brothers to take the land and believe that the Lord had given it into their hands. But, the voice of the 10 who were afraid, took the day and influenced the people to unbelief.
As much as I hate to say it, unbelief spreads much easier than faith. Skepticism and doubt are the easiest route to take because it cost you nothing in the moment. Joshua and Caleb stayed faithful believing the Lord and the Lord gave them the land. At 85 years old Joshua and Caleb were still fighting as if they were in their forties. Caleb, after fighting for 5 years in the promised land, asked Joshua to send him to the hardest fight in the land of the giants to take a land for his own tribe. He was 85 years old.
Joshua sent Caleb to the land Caleb saw on the day he spied in the land 45 years before. Caleb never lost the faith to fight for the Lord, even after waiting on the unbelieving generation for 45 years. Where is your heart in the mission?
Do you believe that the Commission of Jesus is not only possible, but inevitable?
Have you lost faith that it is possible in your church, neighborhood, city, or nation?
There will always be plenty in the 10. The real question: Will you be one of the 2?
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