Clinging To A Promise
We’ve been working our way through the dry seasons of the Bible, finding the lessons of the wastelands, and clinging to a promise that He will walk through this season with us. As we come to Joshua 14 it almost feels like the end.
Bringing Down Strongholds
The Israelite’s have entered the promised land. What they have been praying for, what they and their parents before them have been dreaming about is finally in their grasp- But it’s not over yet. They’re here, but getting here was only part of the problem. Just like they had to fight some battles in the desert, they now have some more to face before they can finally settle in the land. Part of God’s command was that they had to drive out the people who lived in this land. They have to bring down some strongholds and conquer some things that have been holding them back.
The Battles Continue
They are experiencing the victory, but even as they are celebrating they are plunged into the next battle. Isn’t that how it goes sometimes? From the mountain to the valley with no chance to catch your breath. It would have been easy for them to say no more. We’re here. We’re done. But they’ve learned some lessons in the dry season, and their parents failed to listen they are obedient to follow the Lord’s commands to the last detail.
The Dividing of the Land
It’s here as Joshua divides the land between the tribes that Caleb again enters our story. The last time we saw him, he was one of the spies that Moses sent to scout out this land. The bible says that he approaches Joshua, and calls to mind that first scouting trip. He reminds Joshua of how he was faithful and followed God wholeheartedly even when the others told the people it was impossible. He goes on to remind Joshua of a promise that Moses swore to him:
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. Joshua 14:9 NIV
Standing In Faith
Compared to the giants of the Old Testament Caleb’s quiet faith can slip through the cracks. Caleb is now 85 years old because other’s decisions he has been wandering through the wilderness clinging to a promise for the last 45 years. That a long time to wait. In fact, he and Joshua are the only ones left of their generation.
He comes to Joshua, and instead of asking for an easy place he asks for the very land that kept the Israelite’s in the desert.
“… Just as the Lord promised, he has kept me alive for forty-five years… while Israel moved about in the wilderness. So here I am today, eighty-five years old! 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. Now 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.” Joshua 14: 10-12 (NIV)
Clinging To A Promise
He could have made an excuse, said he was too old, too tired or asked for something easier. No one would have blamed him, but he has unfinished business with that hill country. He was still clinging to a promise that the Lord had given him 45 years earlier. The Lord had declared this place his, and He wants nothing less.
We often are so quick to beg off the hard battles, we don’t think we can win. They were afraid of looking like a fool because everyone said it was impossible. If they told Caleb it was impossible then, can you imagine what they told him this time?
Even When It Looks Impossible
This hill country that Caleb is requesting isn’t just a hill or a mountain. This isn’t just a few small towns, this isn’t going to be just difficult. This the area that turned the entire Israelite’s back into the wilderness to wander for 40 years. The cities are fortified, which means it won’t be easily conquered and it’s inhabited by giants. Yet he still asks for it. He is still clinging to that promise.
Give Me The Hill Country It Is My Promise
Give me the hill country, the fortified place that they said was impossible to conquer. I don’t want the easy route, you promised me this place and you never given me a reason to doubt you. I don’t want the status quo, I don’t want to leave what the Lord has declared for me to someone else. This is my battle, and I have unfinished business with this mountain. The Lord has declared this ground mine, He has delivered this mountain into my hands. The victory is already mine, they just don’t know it yet.
My arms are tired, my head is weary but faith is strong and I’m not out of this fight yet.
What is Your Mountain?
What is your mountain? Over what have people spoken defeat in your life? Maybe it’s a dream or a relationship, but you felt God’s call here. Stop listening to their voices, hunker closer to Him, cling to your promise and echo Caleb’s anthem… give me the hill country. I don’t want the easy because you are calling me to more and you will make the way.
Before you go, check more of our Dry Season devotionals!
- Choosing To Honor Instead of Taking Revenge -14
- Parasitic Relationships 13
- When God’s Call Doesn’t Make Sense 12
- Keep Walking and Let God Figure Out The Ending 11
- An Unlikely Vessel In The Hands Of God 10
- Choosing Your Team When Facing Silent Battles 9
- Lesson Of The Dry Season part 1