This question was voiced by a friend recently. “Where are the Joshuas and Calebs? Where are those who believe we can take this land?”
We are all familiar with the story. It is found in Numbers 13.
Twelve spies were sent to explore the land God had given them, “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and large. We saw giants there.” (Numbers 13:27–28)
This report from ten of the twelve spies caused the people great fear, doesn’t that sound familiar?
But Joshua and Caleb had a different perspective. Unlike the other ten, they had a God point of view.
We see this in scripture, “Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, ‘We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.’”
When the people complained that they could not go up to conquer the land, both Caleb and Joshua responded strongly. The Bible says they tore their clothes and said, “The land we explored is really good land. If the Lord is happy with us, He will lead us to possess the land. This land flows with milk and honey and God has given it to us. Trust God. The Lord is not with them, He IS with us, we will possess the land. Do not fear, its ours, let’s take it.” (my paraphrase from Numbers 14:6-9.
As we know, the ten won the argument and the children of Israel did not possess their land. Not all of them at least. Joshua and Caleb did possess their land, just as God said. However, because the other ten were in fear and convinced the people to fear, they had to wait on their inheritance. The ten and all who sided with them, died in the wilderness, never seeing their inheritance.
Let’s not relive this scenario.
At the beginning of the year, you may recall, God was talking to us about inheritance. God wasn’t confused. Nor was He unaware of what the future held. He said we could lay hold of our inheritance in Him, period.
Just like the children of Israel, God is leading us to our promises. Today, we are on that very journey, facing giants, just like the children of Israel.
The giants are a virus, riots, racism, fear, and the attempt of many elected official to remove our rights and freedoms. We are at a crossroad, my friend. Just like Joshua and Caleb.
Will we bow to the fear and cower away, saying this IS the new normal? Or will we get God’s perspective and press forward, knowing He is with us?
I don’t know about you, but I have been pushed far enough. Genesis 27:40 says, “And it shall come to pass, when you become restless, that you shall break his yoke from your neck.”
God has given us this land. We are well able to take it. However, we won’t take it if we just sit back and pray. Prayer is powerful – but we must put action to our prayers. We must defeat every giant and we must do it now.
If you don’t agree with what is happening in our world, call your city and county officials. Call your state officials. Confront the giants in your land. It’s YOUR land, God has given it to you. (Joshua 1:3)
Don’t sit by and watch your inheritance slip away. You have the power and authority to walk in every promise God has given you. Nothing can change that but you. Refuse to fear. Refuse to agree with the naysayers. Stand firm on God’s word and do something.
We have authority in our cities. In our states and in our nation. God-given authority. It is time we use it and go in and possess our land. Where are the Joshuas and Calebs? Are you one of them? Another thing my friend said is this, “ten kept them out of their promise but TWO could have taken them in.”
Ten kept them out – BUT TWO CAN TAKE THEM IN – the Bible says where two agree as touching anything, it will be done by our Father in heaven. (Matthew 18:19)
Two can take us in to our inheritance, will you be one of those? Will you be a Joshua, or a Caleb?
Meditate on this:
Take possession of the land and settle in it, for I have given you the land to possess. Numbers 33:53