Wade’s Wednesday

The Faith of Caleb

By Gary A. Serago

Caleb was a believer in God and what God could do. He was one of the 12 men sent in to spy on the land of Canaan. All 12 spies said the land was great, but only Caleb and Joshua said with God’s protection they could conquer the land of Canaan.

Joshua and Caleb believed in the power of God. They believed that God would give them the land which flows with milk and honey, (this means there is a lot of grass and flowers, cows eat grass and make milk, bees pollinate and make honey from flowers).

The Israelites didn’t believe Joshua and Caleb and were about to stone them when the Glory of God appears and halts this stoning. Caleb is about to be stoned because he believed or had faith in God.

Our challenge for today is to have the faith of Caleb and not be afraid of anything. We need to trust God as Caleb did.

Caleb said to the people, “. . . the LORD has preserved my life, just as he promised, these past forty-five years since the LORD spoke these words to Moses, during which Israel traveled through the wilderness. Now look, I am today eighty-five years old. Today I am still as strong as when Moses sent me out. I can fight and go about my daily activities with the same energy I had then (Joshua 14:10-11 – NET)

I hear people today use their age as an excuse when you ask them to do something for the Lord or His church. We all could learn by taking a lesson from Caleb’s playbook. He never used his age as an excuse to not do something for the LORD. At 85 years old Caleb says, “I am . . . .still as strong as when Moses sent me out. I can fight and go about my daily activities with the same energy I had then.” Here is a man with a
positive attitude, who is not going to use his age as an excuse. Men and women of faith never find excuses. They find a way to win or succeed.

Now that I live in a retirement center I have started to play pickleball. One day I came home and told my wife my partner and I played two men who were both in their 80’s and they beat us, and it wasn’t pretty.

If Caleb were alive today I could see him playing, exercising, and beating two guys 60 years old in Pickleball.

As we start a new year, 2022, let us pray that God will use us this year to accomplish anything He desires. God has something He wants to accomplish with you today. Will you rise to the occasion or give Him an excuse?

I challenge us all to make a new year’s resolution that we are going to be more like Caleb and less like the other 10 spies—of which I bet you can’t name one of them without looking up their names.

Negative people are forgotten—it is the positive ones we remember.

Think About These:

Excuses fool no one except the ones who make them.

There aren’t enough crutches in the world for all the lame excuses.

The man who wants to do something finds a way; the other man finds an excuse.