The focal point of today’s reading is Caleb the Son of Jephunneh. As Joshua divides the land between the tribes of Israel, Caleb approached him and reminded him of the promise Moses made to him. Joshua and Caleb were the only two spies that spoke God’s confidence about the land of Canaan when Moses sent out 12 men to spy it. The other ten brought bad tidings and instilled fear into the heart of the people, but Caleb and Joshua declared that the Land was theirs for the taking.Moses then promised Caleb that the same land his feet had trodden would be for him an Inheritance.
Forty five years later, Caleb was still as strong as he was when he went to war forty five years ago, preserved by God. On reminding Joshua of Moses’ promise, he was given the land of Hebron for an Inheritance. After forty five years, Caleb finally received the reward for his labour, the reward for his courage, the reward for speaking words of faith from God.
Nothing good goes unrewarded in the long run. A good deed done today, a good word spoken, the little kindness shown are all but seeds that will yield fruit one day. Let’s not be weary in following and obeying God, when we do not grow weary, we will obtain the reward.
Some verses to remember
Vs 11 As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in.