A Different Attitude
But my servant Caleb has a different attitude than the others have. He has remained loyal to me, so I will bring him into the land he explored. His descendants will possess their full share of that land.
Numbers 14:24 NLT
There came a day when Israel entered the Promised Land, drove out the enemies of God, and began to divide up the land. At this point, Caleb, an 85-year-old man, requested his portion of land—the hill country where giants live. He claimed he was still as strong then as he was 45 years earlier when he first came into the land as a spy.
The leader was Joshua, the only other spy with Caleb that brought a good report. The other ten spies spoke fear and doubt. Caleb and Joshua spoke faith and confidence.
Caleb never appears to be a great warrior of special strength or skill. The Bible doesn’t seem to indicate he was a great leader. But repeatedly the Bible talks about his attitude and heart. From the time Caleb entered the Promised Land as a spy for Moses until the time he gets his land from Joshua, Caleb had a “different attitude” and he “remained loyal” to God. Another translation says, “follows me wholeheartedly.”
The distinguishing mark of Caleb’s life was that he followed God wholeheartedly. He didn’t bounce back and forth in his commitment to God. His faith was always in God’s ability to do what God said He would do. He was a man of faith—faith in the promises of God.
If we want to move forward into the favor and blessings of God, we have to decide we will not bounce back and forth in our commitment to God. We can’t live one way on Sunday morning and another way on Friday night. Men and women who make a difference in our world are those who decide to have a different attitude—they don’t allow the world to set their standard of behavior.
Holy Spirit, help my heart to always be committed to You. Help me to always make decisions based on Your Word. Help me not allow my culture to determine my behavior or my faith.
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