“Now, as you can see, the Lord has kept me alive and well as he promised for all these forty-five years since Moses made this promise—even while Israel wandered in the wilderness. Today I am eighty-five years old. I am as strong now as I was when Moses sent me on that journey, and I can still travel and fight as well as I could then. So give me the hill country that the Lord promised me. You will remember that as scouts we found the descendants of Anak living there in great, walled towns. But if the Lord is with me, I will drive them out of the land, just as the Lord said.” So Joshua blessed Caleb son of Jephunneh and gave Hebron to him as his portion of land. Hebron still belongs to the descendants of Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite because he wholeheartedly followed the Lord, the God of Israel.
Joshua 14:10-14 NLT
I love this story. Joshua has led the children of Israel to conquer the Promised Land, and it’s time to decide who gets which portion. Caleb, at the age of 85, comes to Joshua and reminds him that 45 years ago they explored this land together as spies. We were the only two who came back with a good report, and we are the only two that survived to possess the land.
After waiting for 45 years, I would think Caleb would be ready for a nice farm with a swing to retire and enjoy life. But Caleb still has some fight left in him. He is still reaching for new victories. He asks Joshua to give him the hill country where the giants live.
The hill country is always the strategic place to be. You have the advantage of being able to see anyone trying to attack you. But it is also the hardest to conquer. Caleb is not looking for the easy task; he is going for the hard stuff.
The secret is that twice we are told Caleb “wholeheartedly followed the Lord.” I want that to be said of me, “Darius, wholeheartedly followed the Lord.”
I believe there are a lot of followers of Jesus who are “half-hearted” followers. They follow on most Sundays and definitely when trouble comes. But the rest of the time, it is just on an “as-needed basis.”
How would your life be different today if you were to wholeheartedly follow Jesus?
Holy Spirit, I ask for Your help today to show me areas of my life where I have compromised or made excuses. Help me today to completely commit to following You.
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