Make no mistake, God rewards faithfulness! The children of Israel inherited the land in 5 years. God took the battle to the different kings and used their own ruthlessness to wipe them out. But, there was one debt left to pay. The debt to Caleb. The two faithful spies that initially pushed to take the land were Joshua and Caleb. Joshua’s repayment was obvious—he was the leader of the people. But, what of Caleb? Well, God knew Caleb. He gave Caleb the two things he appreciated the most—the ability to be a warrior and a battle to fight.
The Lord intentionally left the Anakites-(The Giants) in the hill country of Hebron. So Caleb, who had faithfully and silently followed for 45 years, asked for the land of the giants. He was still a warrior and had been convinced that God could take them out. So, the land of Hebron—the land of the giants, was awarded to Caleb and his family. The passage says and it still his to this day. Clearly, while little is said about the battle—God took the giants out! Just as Caleb had predicted 45 years before.
In our lives, we too will be rewarded for faithfulness. Proverbs 3:5-6, Isaiah 40:31, Matthew 6:33, and Philippians 4:6-7, 11-13 and 19–are just a few of the verses that promise God’s reward for faith. Like Caleb, we have to be patient, trusting and ready to fight! If we are, then God will happily send us to take that which the faint of heart would never consider! We must grasp what Caleb knew—God sees all his enemies as the same. He is neither impressed by size or by number. If we could somehow get ahold of that concept—then like Caleb we would truly look forward to God’s answer to any issue. Whether it relate to health, relationship, career or financial—like the giants, we know God will take it out. Remember, God as a father—simply wants to give us a full and meaningful journey here and eternity with him in Heaven!!
God Bless You
Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, “You know what the Lord said to Moses the man of God at Kadesh Barnea about you and me. 7 I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh Barnea to explore the land. And I brought him back a report according to my convictions, 8 but my fellow Israelites who went up with me made the hearts of the people melt in fear. I, however, followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly. 9 So on that day Moses swore to me, ‘The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly.’[a]
10 “Now then, just as the Lord promised, he has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time he said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the wilderness. So here I am today, eighty-five years old! 11 I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then. 12 Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but, the Lord helping me, I will drive them out just as he said.”
13 Then Joshua blessed Caleb son of Jephunneh and gave him Hebron as his inheritance. 14 So Hebron has belonged to Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite ever since, because he followed the Lord, the God of Israel, wholeheartedly. 15 (Hebron used to be called Kiriath Arba after Arba, who was the greatest man among the Anakites.)
Then the land had rest from war.