Claiming God’s Promises by FAITH
March 8 Bible Reading: Joshua Chapters 13-15
"Now Joshua was old, advanced in years. And the Lord said to him: "You are old, advanced in years, and there remains very much land yet to be possessed" (Josh 13:1). Joshua was probably a hundred years old now, and his advanced age necessitated the allocating of Canaan among the tribes of Israel -- not only the land already possessed but those also which were still left to be conquered.
"Then the children of Judah came to Joshua in Gilgal. And Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite..." (Josh 14:6a). This incident is recorded here because it occurred while the preparations were being made for casting the lots in Gilgal. Caleb was one of the two survivors of the Israelites permitted to enter the land of promise (Num 14:30, 38; 32:11-13; Deut 1:34-36) because he was sent to Canaan as a spy (Num 13:6) and brought a favorable report (Num 13:26-30; 14:6-9) in line with God's plan. The claim of Caleb to the mountains of Hebron as his personal and family possessions was founded on a solemn promise of Moses forty-five years before (Num 14:24; Deut 1:36), to give him that land on account of his loyalty towards God.
Caleb's request was: "Give me this mountain" or Hebron (Deut 14:12) because it was God's promise to him and he valued that promise. Those who live by faith value God's promises far above what is obtained by God’s providence only. The name Caleb means "all heart". During the last eighty-five years of his life Caleb was singular in his devotion to God’s will, and “wholly followed the Lord God of Israel” (Deut 14:8b, 14b). Hebron was now occupied by Anakims’ but Caleb did not fear his enemy as he considered himself still strong and able to do mighty exploits. In his own words: "As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in. Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the Lord spoke in that day; for you heard in that day how the Anakim were there, and that the cities were great and fortified. It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the Lord said" (Josh 14:11-12). Eventually, Caleb did possess his inheritance and claimed his promises by faith (Josh 15:13-19).