Seeing God has a tremendous ability to sustain life. Seeing God in your midst gives your life a meaning, it gives you something to wake up to and live for. So here is my question what keeps you looking forward to enjoying life, what keeps you waking up in the morning to keep going? What gives you a buzz? If I were to answer, I would probably say ‘seeing something bigger than myself’, a future filled with dreams and visions to accomplish, fulfiling God’s purpose for my life family and community. I believe Caleb might have been operating under Ephesians 1:18 (KJV) “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.”
A good Biblical text to help us understand a bit more is the story of Caleb; let us see what the Bible says, now the people of Judah approached Joshua at Gilgal, and Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, “You know what the Lord said to Moses the man of God at Kadesh Barnea about you and me. 7 I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh Barnea to explore the land. …I, however, followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly. 9 So on that day, Moses swore to me, ‘The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever because you have followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly. …”Now then, just as the Lord promised, he has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time he said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the wilderness. So here I am today, eighty-five years old! 11 I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then.12 Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me that day.” Read Joshua 14:6-15 (NIV).
Key truths from the verse of scripture:
- Caleb heard and saw with the eyes of his heart. He was forty years old when he was instructed by Moses to conduct a due diligence on the land God had already given them.
- Consequently, he followed the Lord wholeheartedly, and I believe this was because he was seeing God through the eyes of his heart, and that kept him sustained to embrace the promise.
- The Lord fulfilled His promise to Caleb by keeping him alive, 45 years since the time the Lord gave the promise to Moses.
- At 85 years old, Caleb said to Moses, “Give me the land the Lord promised ME.”
I believe Caleb’s life was sustained whilst roaming the wilderness with the children of Israel. I am trying to imagine how it was for Caleb, having aligned his speech with God’s promises, yet had to go through the pain of wandering in the wilderness through no fault of his. It could have been easy for Caleb to be angry, but he was not moved, instead, he kept his sight on the promise, and that I believe sustained him because there was a bigger price – the promised land.
Beloved, the Lord has given you a promise, do you know what it is? If yes, seek after it with all your heart, and if you are yet to know, do what Galatians 6:4 (MSG) says, “Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that.” There is an inheritance God has already pre-destined for you, therefore, let that be what sustains you.
Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for Your Word sustains and gives my life meaning and a purpose. I am grateful for strengthening me to embrace and cause me to walk in the reality of Your promise for me in Jesus Name. Amen.
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