Today you should read: Joshua 14
What are you asking God to do that only God can do? Are you chasing after something so big that when you tell others about the dream you have, they think it’s impossible?
It has been said, “If you win the men you win the war”. What I mean by this statement is simply that, if a general were to win his men over and gain their trust and loyalty, then the men would go to battle and never give up. We see this under the leadership of Joshua in today’s reading. There is some pretty astounding stuff in these verses. Once again, if you’re a man’s man, this passage will fire you up and give you motivation to fight the good fight like Paul tells Timothy.
Before Moses died, he commanded Joshua to break up the land into portions to give to the different tribes. There were nine and a half tribes that that land was to be distributed to. The first tribe to receive land was the tribe of Judah, but something crazy happens just before Joshua begins to portion out the land. This rough and tough old dude named Caleb is filled with the Holy Spirit and asks Joshua if he can have the city named Hebron. Now, this might not seem like a big deal if you have been tracking with us through the book of Joshua – you know now that there were some pretty tough warrior dudes all throughout this book – but the crazy thing about Caleb was, at the time of this request, he was 85 years old! Let me say that again: HE WAS 85 YEARS OLD.
Here is a little background on Caleb:
1) He was spared from the plague that took the unbelieving spies in Numbers 14:36-38.
2) He did not die while they were wandering the dessert.
3) He didn’t die during all the battles of Canaan.
4) Finally, we see his faith stronger than ever and he wants to continue to conquer cities.
As we enter the storyline in chapter 14, Caleb makes a request of Joshua asking for the territory of Hebron, which was then ruled by Anakim. Evidently, the Anakim people were giant in size and a great people. So, what does Caleb do? What any 85 year old warrior under the power of a Holy God would do: he thinks to himself, “They are on my land. I am a man of God desiring to glorify God. I will conquer them and drive them out of the land by the strength of God!”
There are several things that leap off the pages of God’s Holy Word when I read this passage. Verse 11 is something I pray that will be true of me one day. Caleb says, “Joshua, I am as strong as I was when Moses sent me!” I pray to God that I am as strong and stronger than I am today. I pray that you are, too. I pray that your strength will increase and your faith will deepen every single day of your life. My second observation is in verse 14. The reason Joshua gave Caleb the city of Hebron was because Caleb followed the Lord fully. Oh, how I pray that I live this way. I don’t want to be a man that follows God halfway, or just when I want to, but all the time FULLY!
Hopefully, this will challenge all the men out there to step up their game and unleash their inner warrior for the glory of God and the good of people. If you’re a man, be the warrior God created you to be. Make no mistake: we are in a war and Satan is trying to drive a stake in this country and claim this land. I beg you to have holy ambition! Beg God today that He would give you a ministry or a job where you make tons of money that can be funneled into the kingdom of God or a prayer life that starts at 4 a.m. and ends when you go to bed. Pray, beg, and plead with God that you will be like Caleb, glorifying God and remaining strong until the day you die! The future generations depend on it.
In the words of Tim Parsons, “Get off your blessed assurance and do damage for the Kingdom of God!”
Worship God. Enjoy God. Be useful to His Kingdom!
Posted by: Zach Monroe