Summary: We can expect to receive the inheritance God has promised to us when we faithfully trust God for His provision.
What do we need to do to inherit the blessings that God has promised us? Aren't we promised greater blessings than what the world has to offer? Before we accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior, we sought to fulfill our own desires. We recognized that in order to be successful, we needed to measure up to the world's standards by acquiring more wealth. We sought social positions, or positions in our workplace that gave us the sense of accomplishment we needed in order to feel important. We believed that after we got that certain job, or after we moved into the home we have always dreamed about, we would be content and we could sit back and enjoy the blessings of this world.
But after we accepted Christ into our lives, we saw the promises of this world as empty, unfulfilling promises. We recognized that our new relationship in Jesus Christ entitled us to the blessings that God offers. We realized that the blessings God gives to us, an inner peace, a greater understanding of God's Word, the opportunity to live our lives for his purpose, are greater than the things we can buy or the positions we can hold. As brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ we are made heirs to the blessings God has promised us. If we are to receive the blessings that God has promised us, what do we need to do? We believe that we have greater blessings than what this world has to offer. How can we inherit the blessings God has promised us?
Joshua chapter 14 describes the inheritance of Caleb. Caleb's inheritance was one particular section of the land of Canaan, which was given to the Israelites by God. Just like the inheritances we receive, the land of Canaan was also a gift, and it was to be possessed forever. However, this inheritance had one condition: in order to receive their inheritance, the Israelites were to be faithful to God. The land of Canaan was not just given to the Israelites; they were to trust God to help them conquer it. Caleb did not receive this land as an inheritance because he was a member of a certain family. Rather, Caleb received his inheritance because he believed God's Word and he acted on God's Word.
At this point in the book of Joshua, the land of Canaan was in the process of being divided among the Israelites that were in Canaan. Verses 1-5 in chapter 14 describes how the land was to be divided by lots. Chance, however, did not determine the tribal locations, but rather, God, through the use of the lots, determined the division of the land of Canaan. Beginning in v. 6, Caleb reflects on how he demonstrated the faithfulness to God in his life that enabled him to obtain the inheritance that was promised to him. Caleb demonstrated his faithfulness to God in three different ways. Remember, it was Caleb's faithfulness that allowed him to inherit the land that was promised to him.
In vv.. 7 and 8, Caleb describes his faithfulness to God when he was sent into the land of Canaan as a spy 40 years earlier. The report given by the spies upon their return begins with Num. 13:25 ...