What promise of God are you waiting on Him to fulfill? Even as you run to the mailbox, wait by the phone, kneel by the bedside, day after day, month after month.
Hope flares . . . then fizzles. And still you wait.
Now we know we aren’t supposed to “help” God, that we are to pray and trust, but do you ever wonder if there is anything else we can do? If there’s any active part God wants us to play to bridge the gap between His promise and the fulfillment of it?
Last week we discovered how God called Abraham to step out and place himself in position to receive God’s promise. This week we’re going to take another step closer to God’s promise to us by following in the footsteps of Caleb.
Caleb was one of twelve men sent to spy out the land God had promised to give His people as an inheritance. As Israel gathered on the border of the promised land, only Caleb and Joshua believed God’s promise and trusted His power to secure it for His people. And only Joshua and Caleb experienced the fulfillment of it for themselves, because the fruit of God’s promises comes to those who trust Him.
” . . . Caleb . . . will see it, and I will give him and his descendants the land he set his feet on, because he followed the LORD wholeheartedly.” (Deuteronomy 1:36)
“The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed the LORD wholeheartedly.” (Joshua 14:9)
So what did Caleb do back then, that we can do right now?
1) Follow God wholeheartedly. Every time Scripture talks about Caleb receiving God’s promise, it’s qualified with the phrase, ” . . . because he followed the LORD wholeheartedly.” Caleb followed God without reservation. Without wavering or complaining. Fully focused, expecting to receive God’s promise. This gave him the courage he needed to do what came next:
2) Fight for it. Although God alone possessed the power and authority to secure the victory, Caleb still had to “set his feet on” the land promised and fight for it. Likewise, God expects us to step out and “fight” for what He’s promised us. When we step toward God’s promise in faith and work hard to apply ourselves to God’s process of possessing it, He will bring it to fruition.
And though God doesn’t need our help to fulfill His promises, He does require our active cooperation.
Just as He did of Caleb.
So today, let’s fight for God’s promise to us expecting to own it, for Yahweh—our covenant-keeping God–has promised to grant it to us.
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