A Story of Joshua, Caleb and the Truth of Psalm 37

Waiting, waiting, waiting is the hardest test God has given to us in so many ways. We want the answer now but Isaiah tells us that God’s ways are higher than ours. His answers are, in fact, so precious that we can claim the principle that Jeremiah told the exiles in Babylon.  He said: Listen, God has a plan; will you trust Him? God has not just a plan but a plan to prosper you, to show you how to become His treasure once again. God has a plan for a future that will shine like the heavens because it will be filled with hope. (Jer 29:11)

This is where Joshua and Caleb were and where I was just three years ago. Like the exiles centuries later, Joshua and Caleb had waited patiently for 40+ years to see the Promised Land. Joshua and Caleb teach us important lessons in waiting on the promises of God. They were the only two of the Egyptian slaves to believe those promises. But the sin of unbelief of others caused them to wait alongside their leader Moses until God said: It is time! Go! The Promised Land is just over that river. That is so like us. God has us do laps around the wilderness until we are just the perfect spot for His plan, not ours, to come to fruition. It might be hard, uncomfortable—think camping night after night, eating manna day after day.

Perhaps that is where you are, waiting for the birth of a vision that you have held onto what seems forever. This is where I have been for over 3 yrs. No matter which door I opened it slammed shut. I was just waiting for a time to minister in His church yet the doors slammed shut no matter how hard I pushed and entered the key. I attended all of the support classes, wrote out and delivered lesson plans, participated in VBS but the doors remained closed. Words from one wiser than I said: “wait on God; His timing is perfect.”

But, let’s be frank; waiting is not a part of our agenda!

We want it now but God says later. We say but 40 yrs is a very long time! Yet, here we are with Joshua and Caleb and here I am now 3 yrs later. I am learning from a precious friend that waiting is the lesson God wants from all of us.

Beloved, take a lesson from Joshua and Caleb and yes from me. God’s timing is perfect, His plan is higher and grander than we could ever think or plan for.

Psalm 37 reminds us to trust in the Lord, don’t be angry and frustrated and don’t fret! Those who rely on the Lord will possess the land and that is just what happened to Joshua and Caleb.

Will you trust Him? Will you wait on Him? Join me in the wilderness foray into the land of Waiting. The door may be shut now but trust me it will open and His treasures are there for you.

 

Salvation is not complicated. The gospel message is as easy as A-B-C. Admit you are a sinner and in need of God’s saving grace. Believe that Jesus died for your sins and therefore ended and abolished the sacrificial system established to cover sins. His blood did it once and for all. Confess to God of your desire to be saved from this abominable sin and be freed, because the gospel is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes.

Yet many with their misguided zeal miss what is truly right under their noses. Salvation is a free gift from God just because He loves us. He has chosen you before the foundation of the world; he foreknew you and set you apart by the Holy Spirit for obedience and for sprinkling with the blood of Jesus Christ.

Once you have done the A-B-C’s you are changed from the inside out. The old man is dead; the new man lives for you are a new creation in Christ! Yet those still abiding in their old man are not happy with you and will exert great peer pressure on you to return. So, Peter says turn the tables on them. Be self-controlled, be sober-minded, and love one another fervently. Show hospitality, and serve graciously.

Yes, salvation is right under our noses. We miss it because we want to do it our way which is idolatry. Step off your throne and let God sit there to change you from the inside out. It really is that simple.