Bible Heroes & Bad Guys: Caleb

Following God poured out of Caleb’s life.  He followed God when he was young and spying out the land, and 45 years later he was still following the Lord, still taking mountains, and still looking for the next battle.  That is not a pattern we often see in Scripture.  Lot's wife turned back.  In Genesis 19:26, she followed God out of the city, but her heart was drawn back to Sodom and Gomorrah. She was destroyed with the two cities.  Solomon’s wives drew him to other gods.  I Kings 11:4 tells us that Solomon followed the Lord, but then too much of a good thing distracted him from the main thing. His heart became divided between YHWH and his wives’ gods.  Paul tells of one of his ministry partners, Demas, who walked away because he loved the world.  Demas followed the Lord and served him in ministry, but his love for the world was too great and it eventually caused him to walk away (2 Tim 4:10).

If there is something or someone drawing your heart away from being a wholehearted follower of God, let us deal with it.  Caleb was different; he wholly followed the Lord.  Let us be a church of Calebs!  Let us be servants who refuse to cry, weep, or grumble.  Let us have "strange" spirits that conquer giants and follow God wholeheartedly all of our lives.

Bible Heroes & Bad Guys: Caleb