Tuesday, March 6, 2012

see like Caleb saw


Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

The story is a pretty simple one.  For years God’s people heard about the promise that God was going to restore His people to the land He promised them.  Kind of like something that seems like it would never happen or was years in the future, I am sure that Caleb looked forward to the day the new land would be a reality, but who knew that Caleb who be one of the first to see the land.

Joshua and Caleb along with ten other men were hand picked to scout out the land, and what they found was incredible.  Their stories about what they found was so awesome that they had to bring some things back for others to see, like a cluster of grapes so big they had to have help carrying them.

But when it was time to lead the people into this new land all of the spies, minus Caleb and Joshua, said this is an impossible happening.  The people of the land were big and mean, the ten spies said.  There would be no way to remove them or defeat them.  Caleb shared a much different story.

But Caleb tried to quiet the people as they stood before Moses. “Let’s go at once to take the land,” he said. “We can certainly conquer it!”

After that verse, the other spies convinced the people of God to live in fear rather than in faith.  Joshua and Caleb believed what God said, that the land was theirs for the taking.  The others saw the problems as too big to overcome.

I’d like to dream and see things the way Caleb did.  I want to see further than others see.  I want to believe what God says and lead others to see what God has shown me. 

Caleb was a dreamer and a man of faith.  I pray each of us will see like Caleb saw.

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