Num.23:19 “God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?”
Josh.14:8 “…For my part, I wholeheartedly followed the Lord my God.” (emphasis added). Wholeheartedly describes Caleb’s posture as regards God’s promise and this is very instructive. Josh.14:11 “I am as strong now as I was when Moses sent me on that journey, and I can still travel and fight as well as I could then.” Caleb’s testimony is a by-product of his posture. When you hold on to God’s Word, God’s promises, it lengthens your days and strengthens your health. When you hold on to God’s Word, when your mates have expired, you will still be strong. Why? It is because holding on to God’s promise lengthens your days and strengthens your health.
Forty years in the wilderness, forty years, and Caleb held on, he held on to God’s promise. He was forty when Moses sent him [Josh.14:7] and forty years after, Caleb held on. When the Israelites entered the Promised Land forty years after, you would think Caleb would first go and lay claims on his own land. Not Caleb. He first helped other people to get their own land. Picture this; while you are waiting on God’s promise, you are helping other people and they are getting their breakthrough. You pray with one person and he gets a new job, but you are still believing in God for a job. You pray with another person and they get a double promotion, but you are still believing God for a promotion. You pray with another person for a breakthrough, she conceives – twins. But you are still trusting God for the fruit of the womb.
Wait a minute – what is going on here? If you do not understand that there is timing with God, you may start to think that the people you are helping are collecting your blessings. Many people do not understand that there is timing with God. When you help people, God will help you. What you make happen for others, God will make happen for you. Caleb said, “I am as strong now as I was when Moses sent me on that journey, and I can still travel and fight as well as I could then.” Hold on because when you hold on to God’s promises jealousy will be far from you. Caleb was the one that went to spy the land, yet he was one of the last to get his own land. He fought battles for the other tribes for five years. Then went to Joshua to insist on what God had promised him through Moses.
You need to hold on to God’s Word. Just hold on and do not give up, it is going to come to pass. While you are holding on, help other people get their own miracles. Help people get into their breakthroughs and celebrate with them. While you are holding on to God’s promise, help people. God says to us, “Jesus is coming, and He is coming to take us”. Do you believe that promise? Hold on! What promise are you holding on to? Do not give up. Caleb said, “Bring on the promises.”
Prayer [song]: He has promised, He will never fail. I will follow Him; I will follow Him. He has promised, He will never fail. His faithfulness is for evermore (2x). Amen!