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Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest. (Joshua 1:9)

The story of Caleb and Joshua speaks mightily to us today. These brave Israelite men teach us not to lose heart before the victory comes. Their story begins after Moses brought the Israelites out of Egyptian slavery, and led them through the wilderness to the border of the Promised Land (Canaan).

Moses sent twelve spies into Canaan to explore the land. Forty days later they returned, and all agreed it was a magnificent land. But ten spies reported that the cities were fortified, the people were strong, and they even saw giants there. Among the twelve spies were Joshua and Caleb, who gave a good report. Caleb told the people to go at once and take the land, for they were well able to conquer it. (Numbers 13:30) But the ten spies feared the people of Canaan, and their negative report spread throughout the camp. The Israelites grumbled against Moses and said that they wanted to go back to Egypt. They forgot that God brought them out of slavery, performed miracles right before their eyes, and protected them in the wilderness. Except for Joshua and Caleb, that unfaithful generation didn't enter Canaan. After Moses' death, Joshua took command and led the new generation of Israelites into the Promised Land.

Blindsided by fear, the first generation of Israelites didn't go the distance. Caleb and Joshua's story send forth a powerful message to stay the course and keep trusting God.

Father, give us courage and endurance as that of Caleb and Joshua. Develop in us the mindset of Caleb, who went against the majority and saw victory instead of defeat. In Jesus' name. Amen


SUSAN FERGUSON

Susan Ferguson is a freelance writer who lives in Madison, Mississippi with her husband. She is an accountant by profession and works during the day and writes at night. She is a member of Faithwriters and participates in their daily devotional. She likes to read, travel, and cook for family and friends.