For the Israelites wandered in the wilderness 40 years until all the nation’s men of war who came out of Egypt had died off because they did not obey the LORD. So the LORD vowed never to let them see the land He had sworn to their fathers to give us, a land flowing with milk and honey.” Joshua 5:6 (HCSB)

The Israelites wandered in the wilderness for 40 years, but only a few were allowed into the Promised Land! Just being in the desert did not prepare them to take possession of their inheritance. Only a handful of the older generation, which included Caleb and Joshua, were allowed to cross over the Jordan. It was the next generation who fought the giants, occupied their cities and took possession of the promises! 

Just because you have wandered through a difficult season, does not mean you will be rewarded. What matters is your heart of faith. Did the challenges make you better or bitter? We are told that trials produce good fruit and maturity, and as such should be received with joy (James 1:2). The challenges we face can be opportunities for training and preparation for our next season, but too often we grumble, complain and pray for deliverance from the very thing that could equip us for what’s next.

What caused Joshua to stand out was his passionate and enduring pursuit of God’s presence. He would accompany Moses to the Tent of Meeting to meet with God. But when Moses would leave Joshua would linger long after, just to be in God’s presence. Do you want to be one who comes out of the wilderness taking hold of your promises? Then, like Joshua, pursue God’s presence, fear not and follow Him wherever He leads. Be like Joshua, pursue His presence at all costs. Btw, lingerers get rewarded (Hebrews 11:6) and seekers find what they’re looking for (Matthew 7:7-8). Do you want to step into the promised land of revival? Make seeking Him your absolute top priority (Psalm 27:4).

Likewise, what caused Caleb to stand out was that he did not ‘retire!’ Instead, he re-fired, and continued his quest to occupy God’s promises. We’re told he was wholehearted, 85 years old and fit for battle (Joshua 14:6-15). What about you? Have you hit a plateau or worse, begun losing your passionate pursuit of His promises? 

I was recently talking with an ‘older’ friend who told me that when he faced ‘retirement’ he discovered it was all about preparing to die! He said no way, and has continue to learn new things and grow. He has a reason to live! It is a fact, our latter years are meant to be our greatest! Studies have shown that the most productive years in a person’s life is 60 to 70, with the second highest being 70 to 80. Third, wasn’t 40 to 50 but 50 to 60. Yet too often, people retire and prepare to die! They lose purpose for their lives. Nevertheless, purpose in your heart that you will be like Caleb, as one who will wholeheartedly continue to fight for God’s promises in your life, and for your children!

Ask the Lord to grant you the grace to be like Joshua and Caleb. Ask Him to stir you to seek His presence even more than ever before. Ask Him to awaken purpose and destiny in your life in this hour of testing. Thank the Lord that He has placed you on this planet for such a time as this. Don’t let the challenges be wasted! We are about to step into the greatest revival in history. Yet, the battle is real, it is going to get even more intense, and you have a part to play in taking possession of God’s promises for our nation, for our city and for your children!