Often I say we’re on a (faith) journey from earth to glory. This journey is more of a marathon than a sprint. To successfully complete this journey will require faith, patience, prayer, endurance, and keeping our focus. One Old Testament character is amazing when it comes to endurance – Caleb. In Joshua 14:10-12 we are given a glimpse into the mindset of this amazing man:
- And, now behold, the LORD has kept me alive as He said these forty-five years, ever
since the LORD spoke this word to Moses whileIsraelwandered in the wilderness; and
now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old.
- As yet I am strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in.
- Now therefore give me this mountain of which the LORD spoke in that day…
What an amazing testimony of patience and endurance.
Lest we forget,Israelwas at the edge of the Promised Land, but due to their disobedience, they wandered in the wilderness for forty years. Caleb was one of the faithful ones who wanted to proceed as God had directed, but he was forced to wander for forty years as well all because of the disobedience of others.
Forty years later, he was still committed and wanting to do what he expected to do forty years earlier. His patient endurance paid off. He did indeed conquer the land promised to him. What is amazing is his drive and commitment after wandering in the wilderness for forty years. Of course Caleb gives God the credit as he should (v. 10).
Well, here we are at the sixth month of our journey through 2012. How are you holding up? Are you just as committed six months into the New Year as you were in January? Or have you given up or about to give up? This journey of faith is filled with obstacles (remember we’re engaged in spiritual warfare). But being students of scripture, we shouldn’t be surprised that obstacles get in our way. The challenge is to keep moving – either through or around the obstacle, always keeping our focus on our Savior.
We would do well to visit an old song of the church while on this journey:
Life is like a mountain railroad, With an engineer that’s brave; We must make the run successful, From the cradle to the grave; Watch the curves, the fills, the tunnels; Never falter, never fail; Keep your hand upon the throttle, And your eye upon the rail.
You will often find obstructions; Look for storms of wind and rain; On a fill, or curve, or trestle, They will almost ditch your train; Put your trust alone in Jesus; Never falter, never fail; Keep your hand upon the throttle, And your eye upon the rail. Blessed Savior Thou wilt guide us, Till we reach that blissful shore…
Remember, as God helped Caleb and countless others, He will help us also.