Our culture is rooted in fear. Its anchor is saturated deeply in the fear of man. The fear of terrorists, the fear of ISIS, the fear of nuclear weapons, the fear of assault and the fear of losing our life is all-encompassing. Fear is also our entertainment. So much of our T.V. shows are based on fear. The news is filled with sensational stories that incite fear upon the people. A people without God is doomed to despair. But not Caleb! Fear does not control him!
My new hero is Caleb. At 40 years of age he was sent to scout out a land. He went with his buddies. While scouting they experienced a large people – frightful people. (Think ISIS – That kind of people and surely worse.) Caleb’s buddies became overcome with fear. So much so – they melted, they doubted, and they couldn’t get past the abilities of these giants. Not Caleb! Caleb saw possibilities. He saw triumph. He had courage. He had vision. He knew how to overcome such a people. He also saw the mission laid out before him…
CONQUER THE PEOPLE AND TAKE THE LAND!
What set Caleb apart from his buddies? At age 40, Caleb’s confidence was not in himself, nor was it in the giants of the land. His confidence was in the all-powerful God whom he served, loved and trusted. He devoted himself wholeheartedly to the power of God. He trusted God’s promises; he trusted that God would come through on what he pledged to His people. The giants in the land looked like ants to Caleb, because he compared them to the God of the Universe not to his abilities!
At age 85 Caleb’s faith in God was still as strong as when he was 40. God had given him strength and fortitude at middle age, and He did not withhold this power even in old age. Success came to Caleb not because he was physically strong and regimentally equipped (even though he had this); it was because His trust, hope, and strength came from the total presence of God with him. He leaned in and pressed forward into the power of God’s promises and provision.
Caleb believed in the promises of God; He knew the power of His presence. At age 85, Caleb confidently stood and proclaimed, “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. 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” (Joshua 14:10b-12). And Caleb did! Fear did not grip this man’s heart. Nor did hatred. Nor did the love of battle. It was “Perfect Love that drove out that fear.” The power of Christ was upon Caleb! Caleb loved God with a perfect love, one that was devoted wholeheartedly to His God. Caleb’s love for God gave him power! This became his strength. If his heart felt any fear, Caleb remembered as we all need to do,
The Lord is my refuge and His presence with me is my charge.
It’s not whether we will fear or not; it’s what we will do with that fear. The problem with fear is it makes us like Caleb’s buddies. Given over to fear we not only hurt ourselves, we incite that fear upon those around us, creating a cesspool of doubt and terror. The new charge is this – cast that fear on the Lord and inflame power and trust among the people.
#neveryieldtofear #leanin #pressforward #moveinpower #win!