Today’s Reading: Numbers 14:1-15:16 (additional reading Psalm 53:1-6 and Proverbs 11:4)
Key Verse: “But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.” Numbers 14:24
As we read the account of the spies going into the promised land and the people refusing to follow out of fear we read in Numbers 14:24 “But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it.
What does it mean that Caleb had a different spirit? Here are seven qualities of a person with a different spirit.
1) He was a man of vision:
He saw the land as the possession of God’s people. He saw Hebron as his inheritance. The other ten saw in the natural. Caleb saw in the Spirit. He had a vision of God.
2) He was a man of faith:
When you fix your attention on the obstacles rather than the objective, fear will eclipse your faith. When you stop using your spiritual sight which is fixed on God’s Word and begin using natural sight which only sees what is in front of you it is to easy just to focus on the difficulties and the dangers and never reach the top levels of your faith walk. Caleb walked by faith. Faith sees the victory, faith brings a good report, faith sees with the eyes of God, faith says I’d like to introduce you to God and faith brings the vision into being.
3) He was a man of perseverance:
Faith needs to persevere, he had been years in slavery in Egypt and walking in the wilderness, in the midst of campfire negativity and at least ten instances of murmuring but perseverance comes because we see what God sees.
4) He was a man of encouragement:
He spread the good news to the others ‘ Numbers 13:30 says ‘Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.”
5) He was a man of loyalty:
He supported Moses and he supported Joshua. Joshua 14:6-13 says He was loyal to those who God placed over him.
6) He was a man of blessings:
In Joshua 15:13-19 we see He gave away the springs of water – springs more important than the land. He knew he was blessed to be a blessing. He came into his inheritance then gave it away to bless others.
7) He was a man of altitudes:
He was not content with the average or commonplace. He never thought in terms comfort but while the rest were with fear He focused on God and his promises. He knew that God and his promises were much higher and bigger than any giant or walled city.
- Are you missing any of these qualities in your life?
- How can you fix your vision on God’s promises rather than your problems?
- How can have a different attitude to those around you?
Father, Thank You for chosen to use us even when we are so weak. Help us to fix our eyes on You and Your plans and purposes for us. Help us to encourage and support those around us to do the same. In Jesus’ name, Amen