This week, I felt such a burden in the Lord’s heart for those facing weariness and discouragement as you wait for certain promises to come to pass.
Knowing that God is “there,” aware, or omnipresent isn’t enough when you’re weary or facing severe trials. You must have a personal, authentic faith-connection with God in order to keep drawing His strength into your life!
As I talked with the Lord about the disappointment and delays I know many are facing, He took me back to the story of Caleb, revealing fresh insight about what it means to be faithful to God for prolonged periods of time.
Believers often focus on the strength of Caleb, which is a dominant theme in his story. Although Caleb is not listed in the Hebrews 11 ‘Hall of Fame,’ it is Caleb’s FAITH - and ongoing faithfulness - that he should be commended for, not just his physical strength. In truth, we usually discover God's strength in our weakest moments!
One timely, revelatory word from God can change everything when you feel like you’re at the end of your rope. Jesus says: “My Words ARE Spirit and they ARE Life!” Romans 8:11 adds that the Spirit of resurrection power can give life even to your mortal body.
In Joshua 14:11, 85-year-old Caleb says he still has enough strength for WAR, not just for the daily tasks of “coming and going.” He knew it would take a war to claim his promised territory, and it did. He won that war despite the advanced age of his body! (See Joshua 15 / Judges 1.)
WHAT WAS CALEB'S SECRET?
Caleb tells us: “My brothers who went up with me (the other spies) made the hearts of the people melt; yet I wholly followed the Lord my God” (Lit., “Jehovah Elohim,” which speaks of the self-existing God of might).
Moses confirms in Joshua 14:9 that it was not Caleb’s PHYSICAL strength that guaranteed his inheritance (although that certainly helped!), but the fact that he “Wholly followed the Lord his God.”
STRENGTH is a byproduct of FAITH.
The Passion Translation of John 6 expands on this thought: “The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you - they are full of the Spirit and life. But there are still some of you who won’t BELIEVE.”
While Jesus doesn’t mention this specifically, His statement is especially interesting when you consider the curses listed in Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 8:17-20. For those who do not listen to or obey the Lord, God says:
“And I will send faintness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies…they shall flee… they shall fall when none pursues. They shall stumble… And you shall have NO POWER to stand before your enemies.” (Leviticus 26)
The Lord contends for the faithful, but sends strength into our enemies when we disobey (Judges 3:12). God allowed Caleb and Joshua to live while an unbelieving generation died. They saw these curses in action!
Today, there is still a connection between the condition of your heart and physical strength or endurance. Wilderness seasons will strip you of any reliance on self. Yet you, like Caleb and Joshua, can be found to have faith at the root.
I hear the Lord saying that just as He did with Caleb, God wants to release STRENGTH to you today in every place where you apply your FAITH!
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A severe hearing loss from childhood caused Deborah Perkins to develop what she now calls her secret weapon: tuning in to God's voice. A Wellesley College graduate and an award-winning writer, Deborah is now a wife and mother of 3 boys. Deborah has devoted over 25 years to professional and lay Christian ministry in New England and beyond. Her passion is inspiring people to cultivate greater intimacy with God.