Possessing a Persistent Faith in Our God
Joshua 14:9-12 So on that day Moses swore to me, ‘The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly.’ “Now then, just as the Lord promised, he has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time he said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the wilderness.
So here I am today, eighty-five years old!I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then. Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but, the Lord helping me, I will drive them out just as he said.”
It is so easy to lose one’s faith during trials and tribulations. No matter how faithful God has been in the past, when new situations come, a type of spiritual amnesia tends to settle into our spirits, and we forget that the Lord had already made many ways out of no ways. That forgetfulness leads to so much unnecessary emotional suffering. It is in the hard times of my life that I try to maintain a persistent faith, trusting that the Lord who brought me through so much is still able to keep His promises. I strive for a Caleb-like faith.
Caleb never forgot the power of the Lord. At age 85 and as vigorous and strong as when he was age 40, Caleb reminded Joshua of the promise Moses had made to give him his part of the Promised Land. Even in his old age, he knew he would be successful in driving out the Anakites and taking the land for himself and his descendants, because of his persistent faith in God’s promises and abilities.
Faith can be a fragile entity because the stress of troubles can become so great. Combined with spiritual amnesia, we struggle to hold on to the faith that has been our saving grace through the years. While I can’t claim, like Caleb, to being as strong in body as I was at 40, I try to remember that the same God who brought me through the wilderness before is still a redeemer, a deliverer, and a helper. Psalm 33:4 reminds us, “For the Word of the Lord is upright, and all His work is done in faithfulness.” Our forgetfulness does not affect His faithfulness. Praise the Lord!
Thank you for the gifts of the Holy Spirit and of your wondrous and unfailing love that keeps reminding me in the midst of my trials that victory belongs to Jesus, no matter how long the problem has existed. Thank you for your faithfulness throughout the years, and though I sometimes forget Your power and ability in those first days of a trial, eventually I remember, O Lord, that You are still my source and shield. You have nnever failed me. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.