The group had made a decision. The promised land was just too dangerous. There were too many giants and too many obstacles. The giants lived behind walled fortresses and victory appeared to be impossible. The report back to Moses was of the opinion to stay put in the desert. Then Caleb stepped forward.
40 years later, Caleb recites what happened next. “I returned and gave an honest report, but my brothers who went with me frightened the people from entering the Promised Land. For my part, I wholeheartedly followed the Lord my God. So that day Moses solemnly promised me “the land of Canaan on which you were just walking will be your grant of land and that of your descendants forever, because you wholeheartedly followed the Lord my God.” Joshua 14:7-10. Caleb goes on to say “Today I am eighty-five years old. I am as strong now as I was when Moses sent me on that journey, and I can still travel and fight as well as I could then” Joshua 14:10-11
Caleb, I am sure, did not want to disappoint his friends. He must have noticed that when they lacked confidence, they lacked courage. As Lysa Terkeurst states in her book “The Best Yes”, they tragically lacked faith that God would be with them. Caleb and Joshua did not base their report on their own confidence, but based on their conviction. They had seen the exact giants the other 10 men saw, yet their report was based on God’s ability, not their own. They had not forgotten about the miracle of the Red Sea.
Reports based on convictions many times lead to disappointing others, even our friends. This would have been extremely awkward for them. They didnt buy into the “fear-based” initiative. Caleb refused to let the awkward disappointment of others keep him from his Best Yes appointments with God. Though it would take 45 years to get to the promised land, Caleb and Joshua were the only ones from their generation to enter it. -Lysa Terkeurst
It is interesting that as Caleb turns 85 years old, he is still as strong as he was in his 40’s. Maybe because he was not worried about disappointing others that he wasnt worn out all the time. Instead of worrying, Caleb made decision in line with God’ Word and his belief that God would always be present. He was certainly not alone.
Appointments and disappointments walk hand in hand. To accept one invitation is to decline another. Are we going to be yes people or Best Yes people? If Caleb was a yes man, he would have followed the crowd. He would make decisions based on his own confidence. In between where we are now and where we want to be will usually be a pathway of awkwardness. A crowd of potentially disappointed people. Its your choice to shrink back or embrace it. Remember as Lysa Terkeurst says “on the other side of awkward awaits the promised land you don’t want to miss”.
What do you think your report would have been to Moses?
What decisions are you facing now that may disappoint others, but would please God?