Standing on the promises of God

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We sing a hymn about standing on the promises of God. I don’t know what inspired the writer of the hymn but for me what Caleb said in Joshua 14:9-11 is the epitome of standing on the promises of God.

“So Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land where your foot has trodden shall be your inheritance and your children’s forever, because you have wholly followed the LORD my God.’ And now, behold, the LORD has kept me alive,” as He said, “these forty-five years, ever since the LORD spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old. As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in.”

God made a promise to Caleb. Caleb had to wait 40 years while the disobedient died out in the wilderness. Then he had to wait 5 years as they moved in to conquer the land. And after claiming his inheritance he still had to conquer it.

What an illustration for us. To often we are ready to give up when God doesn’t answer I prayers before the sunsets. Caleb waited 45 years. We expect God step in some miraculous way to answer our prayers so we don’t have put in any effort. Caleb claimed his inheritance knowing he was only going to get it by charging in with sword drawn.

The difference is that Caleb knew the promise of God and we just assume that what we want is promised by God. The only way to know the promises of God is to study them. You have to read the Bible.