Thursday, November 3rd, 2016
Suffering (Part 38)
Dream-Hating Kin: Caleb
When they returned from spying out the land, at the end of forty days, they proceeded to come to Moses and Aaron... and they brought back word to them and to all the congregation and showed them the fruit of the land. Thus they told him, and said, 'We went in to the land where you sent us; and it certainly does flow with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. Nevertheless, the people who live in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large...'
Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, 'We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we will surely overcome it.' But the men who had gone up with him said, 'We are not able to go up against the people, for they are too strong for us.' So they gave out to the sons of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, 'The land through which we have gone, in spying it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants; and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great size... and we became like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.'
Numbers 13:25-28, 30-33 (NASB)
Maybe because I'm flying past 60, the attitude of Caleb inspires me.* He was a God-believing optimist. As the oldest man to cross the Jordan, Caleb stayed ready and able to fight. He proved it on the Exodus journey, when he rose above his dream-hating kin.
Because they saw giants where he saw God; they feared failure where he claimed victory; they whined in weakness while he spoke in strength; they said no to Moses while he said yes. Caleb endured a 40-year impasse when doubters denied their own destinies.
Over time, Caleb outlasted them all, as God took the naysayers off the field.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: If I was a betting kind of girl (which I am, as in betting on God), I would wager you've faced dream haters: those who don't agree with your vision to bring God's Light into Hollywood.
If so, you're in the best of company. Think of Joseph, Caleb and Jesus, because each of them faced doubting kin. Like them, love the ones who don't get it, but deny their negativity. Proceed with kind determination. As Caleb thrived in the Promised Land, you will too, if you refuse to stop.
To Be Continued...
* Short article: Bible Character Study on Caleb, http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/bible-character-study-on-caleb/
* Short article: What is the story of Joshua and Caleb in the Bible? https://gotquestions.org/Joshua-and-Caleb.html
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Suffering series.