Today’s reading: Joshua 15:13-19
Just a few days ago I wrote about how I loved Caleb’s example of serving the Lord, and I have to reiterate that today with what we see in Joshua 15:13-19. After receiving the land promised him, Caleb takes action just as he indicated to Joshua: “So now give me this hill country of which the LORD spoke on that day, for you heard on that day how the Anakim were there, with great fortified cities. It may be that the LORD will be with me, and I shall drive them out just as the LORD said” (Joshua 14:12).
Joshua 15:14 tells us that Caleb drives out the sons of Anak, and verse 15 that he overtakes Debir. He then gives his daughter, Achsah, to Othniel (who will later be Israel’s first judge; see Judges 3:7-11) to fulfill his pledge to whomever captures Kiriath-sepher. And then we see something out of the ordinary—Caleb honors his daughter by giving her land and then, at the request of his daughter, adds the very valuable gift of the upper and lower springs of the Negeb (vs. 19).
Everything we know about Caleb is noteworthy. There’s no doubt he was wholeheartedly committed to serving God. And what I particularly like about his example from today’s verses is his fierceness in continuing to follow after God and the fairness he demonstrates in honoring his word to Othniel, followed by how he lovingly and caringly provides for his daughter. All that to say, you and I would do well to make it our goal to serve God like Caleb.
What are some words you would use to describe your day-to-day living for and/or serving God? Would you include words like fierce and fair? What stood out or encouraged you from Caleb’s example today, and why? Tami
Source: Tami’s Blog