Choosing the right land

Joshua 14:6-12 6 Now the men 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. And I brought him back a report according to my convictions, 8 but my brothers who went up with me made the hearts of the people melt with fear. 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.’

10 “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 desert. 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. 12Now give me this hill country that the LORD promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but, the LORD helping me, I will drive them out just as he said.”

While verse 12 is the one that stood out to me today, I felt it important to include verse 6-12 so that you can see the context.  This passage is about Caleb.  We haven’t heard much of him since he spied out the land for Moses. On this occasion, he is reminding Joshua of the land that God promised him through Moses 40 years prior.  It was the right timing for this conversation, because Joshua was allocating the land to the different tribes.  I think that the ideal for any tribe would be to get a fertile piece of land that had already been conquered.  This was not the case with 85 year old Caleb’s request.  He was willing to fight for the land.

You see, Caleb understood something critically important.  That is, walking in what God has for you is always a better choice than choosing something different.  But what about when that something different is easier?  What if I can have all I ever wanted right now?  If it isn’t what God has for you, there will be no joy, no peace, and no purpose. So Caleb chose the more difficult route.  He choose to face battle again at 85 years old.  But he was armed with the knowledge that God would come through on His promise.  He knew that he had God on his side.  Having God on your side is like the ultimate trump card.  Regardless of  what “seems” best, we must always weigh what is His best.  If we would choose that land to inherit, we will have made a wise choice.

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