LESSONS FROM THE BOOK OF JOSHUA
Joshua 14:12, Numbers 14:8 – Walking in Love
Caleb made the delight of God in him, the love God has for him, the basis of his confidence to claim the portion of land destined to be his as God had spoken many years before. Even at the initial event, just after he and eleven others had scouted the land and were being debriefed, the basis of Caleb’s confidence to take the land was not his youthful strength nor the vast numbers of his people, Israel, it was based on the fact that God loved His people. Israel had the numbers, Caleb was probably a skilled warrior and he was one of two remaining who had extensive experience on their sides but Caleb’s faith was not strong because of any of these.
And walking with the same God for another forty-five years since that fateful day, I believe his confidence in God and His love for Israel had grown with his increasing age. He had seen that God’s love for His people was what drove God to do the things He did and this is one of the reasons he could declare that he was as strong as he had been forty-five years before. His faith was still as strong.
God has not changed; it’s still love that drives Him. Our covenant with Him is a product of His love for us; we didn’t make the first move, He did (Romans 5:8). We shouldn’t base our faith in Him on what church we attend, how much of the bible we know or how well we can pray, as critical as they may be, but on His love for us. While all these other things may change with time, God’s love never changes and that’s the very quality that makes it an excellent foundation for our faith.
1John 4:16-18 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.