By: Darrelyn L. Tutt"Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint."Isaiah 40:30-31and"And now, behold, the Lord hath kept me (Caleb) alive, as He said, these forty and five years, even since the Lord spoke this word unto Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now, lo, I am this day fourscore and five years old. 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 come in."Joshua 14:10-11-----Memory Catcher: Caleb's name is observed backward "Belac." We'll add the letter "k" and now we have "BeLack". Caleb shall "be lack" of no good thing. God would provide a supernatural strength to accommodate the extension of years granted to Caleb because of his obedience.-----A children's song intersects me upon today's profile of promise. Be grateful you cannot hear me and appreciate the words which are lively and full of enjoyable action."12 MEN"12 men went to spy on Canaan, 10 were bad and 2 were good.What do you think they saw in Canaan?10 were bad and two were good.Some saw giants big and strong,Some saw grapes with clusters long,Some saw God was in it all;10 were bad and two were good.God's good word in a nutshell containing the wondrous, glorious message contained in Numbers 13-14.-----Joshua and Caleb were 2 of 12 spies that were sent on a mission into the Promised Land to obtain a report.Goals were simple:Check it out, search it out, seek it out, and share the report.All 12 leaders viewed the "Land flowing with milk and honey," and witnessed and declared the same jaw-dropping, heart-stopping news:The land was magnificent, the resources were outstanding, the provisions were abundant, and everything that met their eyes was extraordinary.Ohhhh ... but one other thing:10 of the spies brought back the report that where the "milk and honey flowed," so did the impossibilities:-Giants lived in the land.-Massive people attended the land.-Walls of fortification and strength encompassed the land.-Israel did not possess the strength, man-power, or ability to seize the land.Bugger and blast ... the whole conquest was nothing but an impossibility, the 10 surmised; A great "tease" that God had orchestrated to ultimately disappoint.The 10 cowardly leaders suggested nothing but fear and impossibility.The 2 courageous leaders (Joshua and Caleb) suggested God's faithfulness and endless possibility.And so ... the people were divided because the leadership was divided and God decided He'd had enough.Everyone "of age" would die in the wilderness and experience 40 years of decay and death and not be allowed entrance into the Promised Land ... because of unbelief.Only Joshua and Caleb and the next generation would enter into the Promised Land and God's word would stand.-----At 85 years of age, Caleb's feet touched the Promised Land, and a supernatural strength was given him to "enter in" and enjoy the abundant provision he had viewed 40 years previous.Imagine, with me, the supreme "awe" Caleb and Joshua experienced in that moment of entrance, so incomparably greater than the young generation that followed them in.Imagine the overwhelming, faith inspiring, God providing testimony they beheld.Wonder of wonders; God of majesty and might.Mmmm ... for God's great goodness and promise of fulfilled provision.If this story doesn't incite a bold confidence in you to recognize and realize God's promises, I don't suppose anything will.But be sure of this: God distinguishes and divides the 10 from the 2 every time.And over time ... the 2 will enjoy the promise.Be obedient.Be faithful.Put forth God's excellent word and attach your life to His faithful promises ...And you will "Be Lack" of no good thing."Caleb."-----Great and awesome Father of promise and provision,Grant that Thy servant be filled with a certainty of Thy ability to master my present inabilities and overcome all imposed and impossible looking "Giants."Forgive me where my focal point has become encompassed with walls that blind me to Thy presence and prevent me from witnessing Thy power and glory.Accommodate my life with the courage and boldness of an "excellent and substantial report" and set me apart as a witness like "Caleb and Joshua."Thou art a God great in power, strength, and might;Thou art the God who supplies, who provides, for Thy name's sake.Amen.
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