Enduring Faith

Joshua 14:11-12
As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in. Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the LORD spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the LORD will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the LORD said.

Just as the Israelites’ clothes and shoes lasted the entire journey through the wilderness, so Caleb’s faith endured wholly and intact throughout. It never waned or diminished. It was not used up or insufficient. Many years had passed, and they’d traveled many miles. Battles were fought and won. God’s promises were kept. His presence never departed from them. Caleb saw and experienced the same things as the rest of the multitude, and at the end of it all, he still trusted God completely and believed what He had said.

Caleb’s strength also endured the test of time. He’d aged, but he hadn’t grown weak. God would go with Caleb up the mountain and give him victory. And though we may grow physically weaker as we get older, our faith in God should not diminish. Though the journey is long and difficult and those around us lose faith and turn aside, we can continue forward with ever-growing faith that God will not let us down. No matter what age we come to Christ, our faith can grow throughout our entire lifetime.

Many years may pass before God’s promises to us are fulfilled. Many battles may need to be fought. But we should not allow the distance of time or the hardship of trials to pull us away from God. His plan is being worked out from His eternal vision. Let’s not try to get ahead of God and go forward with our own plans out of His will, and let’s not give up on Him before His promises come to pass. Let’s not get caught up in the battles and lose sight of the victory to come, and let’s not allow the difficulties in life to beat us down.

A sustained, steady faith like Caleb’s grows stronger over time. If we keep our eyes on God, we won’t miss the fulfilled promises along the way that nurture our faith and foster our dependence on Him. If we’re looking for God’s will, God’s promise, and God’s way, we won’t be disappointed if things don’t work out exactly as we wanted them to. And a faith that endures over a lifetime is an encouragement to those around us who may be tempted to give up. Let’s seek to build our faith as we progress through life and retain the strength of our youth in serving God and living for Him.