An Abiding Faith

Rev. Regina Davis-Sowers, PhD

 Joshua 14:10-12: “Now, as you can see, the Lord has kept me alive and well as he promised for all these forty-five years since Moses made this promise—even while Israel wandered in the wilderness. Today I am eighty-five years old. I am as strong now as I was when Moses sent me on that journey, and I can still travel and fight as well as I could then. So give me the hill country that the Lord promised me. You will remember that as scouts we found the descendants of Anak living there in great, walled towns. But if the Lord is with me, I will drive them out of the land, just as the Lord said.”

Today, I want to encourage an abiding faith in God. It is faith that never wavers, in spite of the problems and disappointments that we inevitably suffer in this earthly life. It takes an abiding faith to continue to trust in God in trying times, to continue to believe that everything will be alright eventually, and to be confident that what we hope for will actually happen, particularly when it seems that nothing is going right in the world. And it is especially hard to hold onto your faith when you have waited a long time, and that which you hoped to see has not come to pass.

One man who had an abiding faith was Caleb son of Jephunneh. Caleb waited forty-five years for the promise made to him to be fulfilled. Through all that happened during those long years wandering in the wilderness with other Israelites, Caleb kept believing that one day he would possess the hill country that the Lord had promised him. From the beginning, Caleb believed that God would lead His people into the Promised Land. Even when others thought that he and Joshua had lost their minds believing that the Israelites could defeat the bigger and stronger people of Canaan, Caleb never wavered in his faith in God’s promises.

Often people will think that you’ve lost your mind, when you continue to trust in God and believe that he will bring you through. Because of either a lack faith in God or faith that has weakened because of the trials of life, often other people cannot see what you see, and they do not want you to move forward, either. But, Caleb persevered, and God noted his abiding faith. In Numbers 14:24, God said, “But my servant Caleb has a different attitude than the others have. He has remained loyal to me, so I will bring him into the land he explored. His descendants will possess their full share of that land.”

Attitude matters, and what you think is important to your accomplishing God’s purposes in your life and in the lives of others. You must have an abiding faith that God can do all things, and that if God be for us, no one can be against us. After 45 years, Caleb was about to see the promise fulfilled, and, while most people’s bodies grow weak and break down over time, Caleb was as strong at age eighty-five as he was at age forty!

His faith paid off in the long run. I can just imagine the joy that filled his soul when he walked on his own land after such a long wait!   Caleb allowed himself to be used by God, and his faith in God was as strong in the end as it had been from the beginning of the journey to the Promised Land.

Unlike man, God cannot lie; His promises are sure. So, no matter what craziness is happening in the world and in Washington, DC, God has promised that all things will work together for the good of those who love him and who are called according to his purposes. Let us continue to abide in our faith in God, for He is able to see us through all of the trials and tribulations of this life.

Father in Heaven,

My faith looks up to Thee, Thy Lamb of Calvary! All praise to Your Name and to Your Son, Jesus Christ, the King of kings. No matter what troubles comes my way, I will keep believing that You will see me through them all. I believe that You have overcame the world, and that there is nothing impossible for You to accomplish in our lives. Lord, give us a Caleb-like faith today, so that our faith never wavers. Thank you, in Jesus’s Name, Amen.

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