Caleb had a different spirit. He was a leader that saw possibilities when everyone else saw problems. He championed Kingdom growth and advancement when the majority cowered in unbelief, fear and status quo.
But what strikes me most about Caleb is his ability to stay vibrant, optimistic, spiritually fruitful and physically healthy all of his days.
He carried what a nation “could be” in his heart for over 45 years. He saw abundance with his own eyes. But due to his brother’s scarcity mindset, he was forced to remain wandering in smallness with them.
Or did he?
Caleb first viewed the Promised Land when he was 40 years old. He is 85 when he says this in Joshua 14--
10 Now behold, the Lord has let me live, just as He spoke, these forty-five years, from the time that the Lord spoke this word to Moses, when Israel walked in the wilderness; and now behold, I am eighty-five years old today.
11 I am still as strong today as I was in the day Moses sent me; as my strength was then, so my strength is now, for war and for going out and coming in. 12 Now then, give me this hill country about which the Lord spoke on that day, for you heard on that day that Anakim were there, with great fortified cities; perhaps the Lord will be with me, and I will [edrive them out as the Lord has spoken.”
No, Caleb did not wander with the majority, waiting to possess what God had promised. He knew he was going to experience the best of God sometime in the future, and decided to be ready when the time came. Caleb grew his faith in the desert, surrounded by a lot of negativity and complaining.
Negativity and unbelief age us. And zaps our strength.
Faith produces vibrancy and fruit. “That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither---whatever they do prospers.” Ps 1:3
Sometimes God unzips the heavens for us, too, showing us what He is about to take us into….greater influence, victory and favor.
Will we grow abundant faith and prepare ourselves and others in the wait or will we back down to what our feelings dictate and bow to the scarcity mindset of those around us?
Caleb, like Jesus, had a different spirit. They were both able to defeat an enemy that kept their people in bondage. They both had vision for greater freedom and abundance. They were both Kingdom minded and partnered with God’s heart.
We are invited to the same.
Jesus, what abundant idea have you put into my heart?
What steps do I need to take to grow strong and vibrant as I steward what you have put in me?
What scarcity mindset am I battling right now?