Tuesday, September 27
We need heroes who will conquer the giants of life. Giants will persist as long as we let them. We see literal giants hang around for 45 years, occupying the land promised by God, as Caleb waits to take on his old nemesis. We have learned that Hebron was given to the tribe of Judah. Caleb quickly “heroes up” and drives the giants out of his God given land (Josh.15:14). Caleb was not only a mighty man of bold action, but also a man who encouraged others to great and bold deeds. He did this by offering his daughter in marriage to the man who was brave and courageous enough to conquer a city to have her. Caleb’s nephew, Othniel, was up for the challenge. He takes the city and then collect his compensation, a wife -the daughter of one of the greatest heroes on earth. Achsah, the bride, is okay with marrying this guy, but is not okay with living in the desert. She asks her dad for land with springs of water. She imitates her dad’s boldness and asks for what she wants. We see God, the Father of the Israelites, give choice land to his kids and now we see Caleb do the same for his child. As insignificant as daughters may have been to some people in that day, I love that her dad got her a quality man, a hero in his own rite. Then we see Caleb ask her “What can I do for you?” She replied, “Do me a special favor. Since you have given me land in the Negev, give me also springs of water.” (Josh. 15:18-19). A dad doing something special for his little girl – I love this! And it seems he doubles what she requested – not one, but two areas of springs. He gives her land with upper and lower springs (Josh. 15:19).
Joshua continues divvying up land for the Israelites. Sadly not all were like Caleb and Othniel, willing to put in the effort, time, or energy to drive out the Canaanites. As God’s people took over the land, they began making compromises that later get them into trouble. Many of the people decided, instead of fighting and destroying the enemy – they will just do what’s convenient and create a forced labor from these people. This may have seemed innocent but it opened their hearts, eventually, to idolatry and struggles they should have never had to deal with. This becomes a giant that keeps popping up because it wasn’t handled properly. The Israelites did not fully conquer their immoral enemies, they disobeyed God and fell short of what He had for them. How sad they couldn’t see the challenge in front of them, and get rid of all evil in their sight. We will soon watch their personal giant show up time and time again, as significant struggles in the days of the Judges.
We all have giants that need conquered. Anyone, like Caleb, had to deal with such an adversary for 45 years? Is your giant taking up residence where it doesn’t belong? Let’s be bold, brave, and courageous in our thoughts, actions, and requests. God gives the victory to His kids. He wants to bless us with more than we even know to ask for. Time to HERO UP Friends!