Scripture Reading: Numbers 13:26-14:45 / Luke 4:14-37 / Psalm 36:1-12
In 1983, John Sculley was president of Pepsi Company and one of the fastest rising corporate stars. Steve Jobs, founder of Apple Computer, for months attempted to lure Sculley away from Pepsi to manage the rapid growth of Apple. He had no interest in leaving Pepsi and knew almost nothing about computers.
After he turned down Jobs offer one final time, Steve Jobs issued a challenge that haunted Sculley. “Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water, or do you want a chance to change the world?” The challenge and opportunity was too enticing for Sculley. He left PepsiCo to help Steve Jobs change the world. The vision of Apple’s leader was too much for Sculley to resist.
God offered a challenge, cast a vision and provided a promise for Israel…to secure the Promised Land! 12 spies were sent to explore the land and when they returned, 10 gave a discouraging report while 2, Joshua and Caleb, gave a favorable report. Caleb reported, “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us.” (Numbers 14:7,8)
Caleb believed God despite the opposition and insurmountable odds. God describes him as having “a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly.”(vs.24) Caleb did not waver in believing and following God’s voice and direction. His outlook, attitude and thinking was different. He was not discouraged by the presence of giants but was unmovable in his faith and spirit. Caleb had the vision of God!
He did not ignore the obstacles of conquering the Promised Land but believed God’s preferred future for him and Israel. His vision did not center upon his aspirations but what God desired to accomplish…possess the land! Caleb believed God was going to create the future. It is said that great men of God have been made because they were great believers of God…just like Caleb.
Caleb was fully committed, sold out and dedicated to God. For 40 years Caleb continued to believe and maintain a different spirit to follow God fully. God granted only 2 people of that generation to enter and possess the Promised Land, Joshua and Caleb. Despite what some may think or assume, Caleb faced great opposition as he fought and battled for his Promised Land. At 85, he was as strong in faith and vision as when he spied out the land and declared, “Give me this mountain!”
He desired the land of Hebron, the highest point and town in the land. It was occupied by a race of the fiercest giants. Caleb drove them out, defeated them and possessed God’s promise for him. Great men of God attempt great things for God. Israel lost out on what God desired them to have and enjoy. The victories, blessings and favor of God rest on those who dare to believe and obey…people of vision!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!