Keith Boggs, Founder, REAL MOMENTUM Ministries, Inc.
READ Joshua 14:6-14
The “wilderness” in this passage has a significant meaning concerning the history of God’s people, it comes from Hebrew word that means “to arrange, to answer, to appoint.” This word has a powerful lesson for you and I as men. In verse 10, the Bible says that “Israel wandered in the wilderness.” In reality the whole nation of Israel bailed from the Word of God while Joshua and Caleb believed in the Word of God. The Supreme Court’s attempt to redefine marriage is just another indicator that American church has been wandering in the wilderness for quit sometime.
I believe those of us living in America today may be in a “wilderness” experience. So, I have a question I want you to answer: When you find yourself in the wilderness, will you make it out alive? As time marches on… how will things fall into place for you and your family? What will be the “answer” from you as a man to the generations to come? The life of Caleb was appointed by God to be the answer for his day as much as he is the answer for our day and our wilderness… “Caleb wholly followed the LORD His God.” He gave all that there was of him. Every bit of who he was emotionally, physically, and spiritually was fully God’s. He left nothing out, and as a result He didn’t get left behind.
Today is a day in which only the Godly man will be able to navigate. We can take Caleb’s attitude for life and his allegiance to the Lord and see why he told Joshua to give him the mountain. For Caleb, the wilderness did what nothing else could do… it prepared him. Did he suffer, yes. Oh, and he struggled too. It was difficult. It was dry. And I’m sure that there were days that it was dark. But, Caleb was of a different spirit (Numbers 14:24). Caleb wholly followed the Lord his God.
Israel was complaining and critical for that 40 year journey in the wilderness. Caleb was confident and courageous. There is a big difference in the multitudes and the man. You see, complaining leads to rebellion and keeps people in bondage while courage leads to revival and gives people hope. In Jesus name, do not be a borderline believer. God puts us in the wilderness until we want the promise land enough to fight for it. Be strong and courageous… and get to the other side!
Prayerfully consider Deuteronomy 8:2 as you reflect on the final statements:
“And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.”
1. What you do and how you respond in the wilderness determines whether you get to the other side.
2. Every great saint in Christian history has gone through a wilderness experience.
3. If we are thick-headed, slow to learn with a heart of stone, or rebellious, the wilderness could take a long time.
4. The hardest part of the wilderness experience is seeing what is really in our hearts.
5. The wilderness is never wasted time because God doesn’t waste the wilderness experience and neither should we.
Further Reading: Numbers 13-14
God forgive us for the wandering. We are where we are as a people because men have not wholly followed You. I pray that You get all that I am and all that I have until You call me home. May my answer as a man to my family as well as to the generations that follow be crystal clear, in that I too, wholly followed the Lord My God! In Jesus’ Name! Amen!
Complaining leads to rebellion and keeps people in bondage while courage leads to revival and gives people hope. @Real_Momentum App