Caleb the Giant Slayer
Caleb understood how to slay giants. By the time we get to Joshua 14 and 15 it’s time for Joshua to divide the land between the twelve tribes of Israel. Caleb, now 85 years old asks his friend for the high, walled cities. He added, “If so be the LORD will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the LORD said” (Joshua 14:12). He valued his inheritance because of the hard work it offered and the opportunity it gave him for conquering it. He probably saw this land when years earlier he was sent by Moses, along with Joshua and ten others, to spy out the land. He saw how difficult it would be, but he also knew God was with him. He was a giant killer!
Scripture tells us that Caleb had a “different spirit” (Numbers 14:24). He glorified in the task before him and approached life from a different place than most of the people.
What is this different spirit?
Caleb wholly-followed the LORD. He wasn’t passive, He didn’t have a secret life. He had this “all-in” mindset of absolutely and completely following God. The idea of wholly-following is embodied in what Jesus called the first and greatest commandments (Matthew 22:37). It’s all out commitment from the heart (not just the head) to love and follow God.
Caleb was given a tough piece of land and he took it. Some of his fellow Israelites, however, did not take the land—they didn’t’ drive out the Canaanites or possess what God had given them. Why? I think because unlike Caleb, they did not “wholly-follow” the Lord. They weren’t “all-in.”
James Montgomery Boice wrote, “Caleb had a big God, and Caleb’s big God did mighty things for Caleb.” While the people wanted to be safe and satisfied, Caleb wanted what God wanted for him—full possession of all God had available for him. Giants have a way of taking our eyes from God. Far too often our eyes get set on peace, comfort or other things that compete with “wholly-following” the LORD.
We get weary from the fight because our eyes are fixed on circumstances and doubt. When Caleb was weary he didn’t lose heart. He eyes were fixed on The LORD.
If we want to slay our giants, we need to start believing God’s Word and not our circumstances. Giants fall when we wholeheartedly follow God with faith, knowing who we are in Him. 1 John 5:4 reminds us, “ For whatever is born of God is victorious over the world; and this is the victory that conquers the world, even our faith.” Wholly-following God allows us to overcome. Faith is the victory that does overcome.
We can slay our giants because of what Jesus did for us and testifying that we believe it and by living courageously and wholeheartedly, as Caleb did.
What are the giants in your life? Are you ready to slay them? Wholly-follow the LORD and watch what He will do.