Joshua was a man who possessed many great qualities. Yesterday we considered his humility. Today let us consider his faith.
In the 13th chapter of the book of Numbers, we read of the Lord instructing Moses to send twelve men to scout the Promised Land. Among those twelve men were Joshua and Caleb.
When the twelve men returned, they delivered mixed reports.
Numbers 13:27 They reported to Moses: “We went into the land where you sent us. Indeed it is flowing with milk and honey, and here is some of its fruit. 28 However, the people living in the land are strong, and the cities are large and fortified. We also saw the descendants of Anak there. CSB
Numbers 13:30 Then Caleb quieted the people in the presence of Moses and said, “We must go up and take possession of the land because we can certainly conquer it!” CSB
Ten of the spies were filled with fear. Joshua and Caleb were filled with faith. While the ten believed that the giants were too great for them to conquer, Joshua and Caleb believed that God could and would help to do anything that was in His perfect will.
Warren Wiersbe writes in his commentary on this passage –
It’s interesting how the ten spies identified Canaan as “the land to which you sent us” and “the land through which we have gone”, but not as “the land the Lord our God is giving us.” Because these ten men were walking by sight, they didn’t really believe God’s promises. They looked at the people of the land and saw giants; they looked at the Canaanite cities and saw high walls and locked gates; and they looked at themselves and saw grasshoppers. If only they had looked by faith to God, they would have seen the One who was able to conquer every enemy and who sees the nations of the world as grasshoppers (Isa. 40:22).”We are not able” is the cry of unbelief, but, “Our God is able” is the affirmation of faith. (Bible Exposition Commentary (BE Series) – Old Testament)
It’s unfortunate but most people see life more as an obstacle than as an opportunity. They focus more on the giants than on God. Therefore, rather than experiencing the goodness of the Lord, they wander about in the wilderness.
Joshua was a man of great faith and therefore he was rewarded by the Lord. He rose to become a great leader in Israel and he personally possessed a portion of the Promised Land.