Day 6: Joshua and Caleb
We pick up the story of the Exodus here in the desert of Paran. The Israelites are heading towards the promised land, so Moses decides to send out men to explore the land of Canaan.
Read: Numbers 13
It’s interesting to read that all the men chosen were leaders within the Israelite community; one from each of the twelve tribes. However, we quickly notice that there is a distinct difference between some of them!
In this season of life where there is so much uncertainty and fear, it’s important who we let speak into our lives and who has the loudest and most influential voice.
All the men chosen to explore the land saw exactly the same things. They all saw the land that flowed with ‘milk and honey’, they all saw its fruit. They all saw the powerful people, the fortified cities and the tribes that lived there. However, their reports were stark in contrast. Joshua and Caleb had a completely different report that the other ten.
It’s like they had different glasses on; tinted glasses!
I once bought a pair of tinted sun glasses – without thinking about it really! Once I’d put them on, every colour looked different and some things looked very different!
The next chapter, God speaks of Caleb and says
“…but because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.”
Caleb had a different spirit!
He went about things and saw things completely differently to other people!
There are so many voices speaking into our current situation at the moment. The voice of the news broadcaster, the voices of family and friends, the voice of your Facebook wall. It’s easy to find voices of negativity, voices of fear, voices of anxiety, but there is also another voice speaking; the voice of God!
The voices you listen to will define the lens through which you view the world around you.
Will your lens be defined by fear, anxiety or worry? Or will you turn your ear to God and allow Him to speak into you with a voice of faith, a voice of courage, a voice of life?
Who has the loudest and most influential voice in your life at present?
If you think it’s the wrong voice and your lens is being defined by fear not faith, maybe it’s time to turn off the news, put down your phone and pick up the Word of God. Allow Him to speak and to tint your lens with faith, not fear.
We need to be people who view the world through a different tint, with a different spirit, like Caleb.
Ps Jonny Foster
Barnard Castle Campus Pastor