But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.
God makes a distinction between Caleb and all the rest. He had obeyed, while the others had given in to doubt. Caleb was different than the majority. He followed a separate path. He made different choices. He followed fully, obeyed completely, was willing to go all the way. He had cried as a lone voice to try to convince the others to do the right thing, but they wouldn’t listen to him. But still, in the end, God rewards his faithfulness.
Will we still be willing to follow God fully when those around us are abandoning Him and forsaking His commands? Will we be found faithful at the end because our heart was to go forward in obedience, though others held us back? Is there another spirit within us that makes us a little different than the majority around us, perhaps a little bolder than the rest? Will we allow our faith to waver based on the doubt of those around us, or will we stand tall on our belief in God no matter what?
So often we may feel like the only one trying to do the right thing. Maybe others in our family have forsaken God and yet we have been steadfast in our faith. Maybe the people around us every day would abandon God’s command and go the other way, but we desire to keep moving forward as He wants us to. May we not be tempted to just go along with the crowd or allow them to influence us to do the wrong thing. May we remain that voice that urges obedience even if we are the lone voice crying out for what’s right.
May we never give up on doing the right thing, obeying God’s call, moving forward for Him. Let’s not be dissuaded by the naysayers around us, but continue on serving the Lord the best we can. Like Caleb, we can be truly set apart for God, following Him fully and able to receive the blessings He has in store for us. We can remain faithful even if others are not, and then we can be examples to them to persevere whenever they may be tempted to simply go along with the crowd.