Joshua 14:10 NIV “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!”
Caleb was among the twelve spies that was sent into the land of Canaan for reconnaissance. Upon returning, Scripture records that ten of them had an evil report, but Caleb had a report of faith, saying “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”(Num.13:26-33). Recognize that the report of the other ten spies were facts, but were not surprise to God. God knew that there were giants in the land, and that the walls were fortified, yet He promised them the land. However Joshua and Caleb had a different attitude about them, it was an attitude of faith (Num.14:24). They relied completely on what God had spoken to them, rather than on the “reality” of the situation.
It was their faith that took them into the land of Canaan. Faith requires confession. Confession simply means to agree with in speech. It is commonly used in three contexts: first is the confession of a crime/sin, in this context one agrees that he or she has sinned or committed a crime. Second is the confession of the Lord Jesus, where in a person agrees that Jesus is Lord. Thirdly is confession of God’s Word, in which one agrees with God’s Word. The ten spies that returned with an evil report spoke against the Word they had received from God. Caleb’s report was in agreement with what God had promised. Following the story further, we see that the confession of the people became their reality. God said, “I will do to you the very thing I heard you say”. (Num.14:28). The people said they could not take the land, and that they would died, and they did. Joshua and Caleb on the other hand said they are able to possess it, not in their own might, but simply because God said it was so, and they did!
Friends, your confession is very important in your faith walk. What are you agreeing with in your speech? Caleb was able to hold his confession of faith for forty-five years, and his faith preserved his strength, even in the harsh conditions of the wilderness, however in the end, he entered the Promise. Caleb said, “ 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.” (Josh.14:11). His attitude towards what was promised did not wane for forty-five years. Likewise, in your faith walk, despite how things look to you, make a commitment to agree wholly with God’s Word. Don’t grumble or complain, but hang in there. Your faith will preserve you till you take possession of the promise!
Scriptures to Meditate: Rom.10:8-10, Prov.18:21, Heb.3:1, Joh.8:12, Mark 11:22-23