Bible Studies for Life Lesson for October 15: Caleb: Unwavering Faith
October 3 2017 by Matthew Jacobs, associate pastor, First Baptist Church, Crossnore

Focal passage: Numbers 13: 26-30; 14:6-10, 21-24
Trusting in God, not in our circumstances, is often hard.
A little more than a year ago, my wife and I were in a place much like Caleb. I was in seminary and our first child had just arrived. I also received a call to interview at a church.
The meeting went well, and before we made it 300 yards from the church, I looked over at my wife and said, “They might not know it yet, but this is where we are moving.”
But not long after, my wife was offered a teaching job where we were currently living. We were faced with a decision.
Just like Caleb, we had to trust God more than circumstances.
In this study, we read that the Israelites sent spies out into the promised land.
When the agents came back they told of how great the land was, yet they couldn’t take it, for it had giants in it.
But Caleb knew the promise of God and believed they needed to take it.
Caleb also trusted God to continually be with him. When he spoke about the promise of God, they wanted to stone him.
Caleb did not change his mind; he knew God had given them the land.
Caleb trusted God and His faithfulness. God made a promise to Caleb for his unwavering faith, that he and his children would see the promised land. God said no others from that generation would see it, but because Caleb stood firm on the promises God had given him, he was given a promise to see it.
My wife and I knew God had called us to that church, yet we were still in the waiting stage. We had to seek God on what the next step of life would be.
So, we turned down the teaching job. A few days later we received word the church was going to vote me in as their next associate/youth pastor.
We must have unwavering faith when it comes to God and what He calls us to do. 

10/3/2017 7:29:51 AM by Matthew Jacobs, associate pastor, First Baptist Church, Crossnore | with 0 comments

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