ABC Bible Character Faith Series

We are able to overcome it!

Caleb’s testimony.

After journeying through the wilderness, the Israelites were not far from the borders of the Promised Land. The Lord spoke to Moses and said, “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the people of Israel. From each tribe of their fathers, you shall send a man, every one a chief among them.” – Numbers 13:2

Israel had 12 tribes. Caleb, son of Jephunneh, was one of the 12 spies sent out and he represented the tribe of Judah. The spies were to survey the land and bring back a report of their findings on the people who dwelt in the land, whether the land was good or bad, rich or poor and what the cities were like.

Finally, the 40 days were over, and I can imagine all of Israel was waiting for the good news, after all, God had promised them this land flowing with milk and honey. Here’s the report from the spies.

We came to the land to which you sent us. It flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. However, the people who dwell in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large. And besides, we saw the descendants of Anak there.”……. “But Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.” Then the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are.” So they brought to the people of Israel a bad report of the land that they had spied out, saying, “The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people that we saw in it are of great height. And there we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak, who come from the Nephilim), and we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.

Isn’t it surprising that there was contradicting news from the spies and yet they all went to survey the same land? How come only 2 spies, Caleb and Joshua brought a good report and the rest a bad one? Could it be that they were lying? Were they delusional? What exactly was different for them?

In our faith journey, we can create our realities i.e. what we want to see by having faith in God. Believing what He has said. The Israelites had journeyed with God and they had experienced so many miracles from being fed in the wilderness, and crossing the sea on dry land, to their clothes not wearing out. With all of those experiences, there was only one thing expected from them, belief!  When Moses bade them, to move forward and they did and the sea was parted. There was nothing different in this situation. They only had to believe because the land was already given to them. Caleb understood this. He said, “The land which we passed through to spy it out, is an exceedingly good land. If the LORD delights in us, He will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land that flows with milk and honey. Only do not rebel against the LORD. And do not fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us.”

Caleb had not only seen God’s miracles, but he had also experienced them. He knew that as long as they believed and acted on God’s word, the inhabitants were bread for them. He knew they would overcome because of their dependence on God. It is the same for us today. There’s nothing delusional about faith. If anything, disbelief is delusional. In our disbelief, we limit the power of God. First, the 10 spies with the bad report said that the people were strong and then said the land devours its inhabitants. There was inconsistency in their report which is often the result when fear revokes our faith. Believing in God is consistent because God does not change.

We love to talk about keeping it real but as believers, keeping it real is us infusing our faith in our situations. We should know that our Father will fulfil everything He’s promised. This relieves us of the pressure of thinking we need to perform because we know it’s our Father doing the work. All we need to do is believe and what we believe should determine what we see and not vice versa because that is not the faith God is calling you to have.

All the spies with the bad report did not see the Promised Land but because of Caleb’s faithfulness, he made it to the Promised Land, and he was blessed with a special inheritance and had, together with the men of Judah, a choice over what land they requested for before the division of the land between the 12 tribes.  Be a Caleb! Even when the disbelief around you is too loud, do not give up because, “without faith, it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek him.” – Hebrews 11:6


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Joshua Kats

December 2, 2022

Amen. Amen. Let’s be today’s Caleb and see things through God’s eyes. Only then shall we be able to reach our promised land

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Lauretta

December 2, 2022

Amen! Looking forward to the Promised Land!

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Hannah Mbatudde

December 2, 2022

Amazing lesson. Faith in our God

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Lauretta

December 2, 2022

Indeed! Thanks for your time Hannah!

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Joan Gift Mugwanya

December 2, 2022

Very powerful….our belief should show in what we see and do
And disbelief hinders us from experiencing the true promises of God
Without faith we can’t see the expected end that is promised to us in Jeremiah 29:11

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Lauretta

December 2, 2022

Well said!!! Thanks Joan!

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Veronica And Caleb

December 2, 2022

Great lesson learnt!Its bad to always go by human nature but if we feel that God is working in us then definitely we have to get moving.

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Lauretta

December 2, 2022

Period!!! Thanks for your time V&C

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