10“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!
13 Then Joshua blessed Caleb son of Jephunneh and gave him Hebron as his inheritance. Joshua 14
45 years. Caleb waited patiently for 45 years to take possession of the land that was promised to him after he and Joshua brought back the optimistic report from spying out the promised land (the other 10 brought back pessimistic reports). Caleb was 40 when they spied out the land and now he was 85. What a testimony of patience; that’s what really struck me this morning and it’s a lesson that I needed to hear. I am not a patient person. I want things to happen quickly, I want it now. We are an instant society and if someone can find ways of doing things faster, they will be rewarded. Starbucks times each customer transaction finding ways to shave a few seconds off of each cup of coffee in order to get people in and out faster. In a time when instant gratification is so highly valued, patience is a virtue.
Caleb was a man of faith and that was manifested in his patience.
I think one of the best ways to honor my calling is to patiently and consistently serve Christ. My tendency is to be looking ahead and up around the corner wondering when the next cool project is setting sail, but I should spend more time in the present investing my time and efforts into making the present projects as good as I can. Being present and being patient. I must apply and practice these things in order to fulfill the calling that the Lord has put on my life. He will be honored by my steady and consistent service rather than me anxiously waiting for that promotion or dream opportunity. I must put my shoulder back to the plow and work hard where he’s planted me.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for choosing me to serve You. Forgive me when I’ve taken that incredible opportunity for granted and not appreciated it. It is a blessing that I have not earned and I don’t deserve. I want to patiently and consistently serve in order to honor my calling.
In Jesus name,