Scripture: Joshua 15:13-19
“And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.” Numbers 13:30 (KJV)
Caleb, the son of Jephunneh, was about 40 years old when he was chosen from the tribe of Judah to spy out the promise land. The recorded events of his life spans from this period until the days of Joshua as recorded in the book of Joshua. But so important is his story that the Spirit had it repeated again in the opening chapter of the book of Judges (Jdg 1: 12-20). What lesson is the Spirit pointing to in the life of Caleb? It is the attitude of capability in the life of Caleb.
Caleb means capable and this mindset characterized his life. He believed he was able to do anything and inspired ability in the lives of others. At forty, he had been a slave for most of his life but was willing to defend his freedom than return to Egypt. With no military training, he was willing to go to war against giants (Num. 13:30). At 85 years of age, he fought and defeated three sons of Anak, the giant (Jos. 15:14). He inspired courage in his nephew, Othniel, who later became a judge and deliverer in Israel (Jos. 15:16-17, Jgd 3:9).
Caleb developed this mindset in the place of devotion to God. He knew what God would and could do through him (Num. 14:8-9). In the same way, God is at work in you both to will and to do his good pleasure (Phil. 2:13). You can do all things through Christ that strengthens you (Phil. 4:13). Therefore, you have no reason to fear the challenge or task ahead of you. Like Caleb access the mindset of possibility and you will triumph in all you do.
Lord, I refuse to look at my abilities but I look at what you can do through me in Jesus name, Amen.
God’s grace is sufficient for me. His strength is made perfect in my weakness.