Reading the title, you might be thinking, “Here we go again. Another successful leader being lifted up, leaving the rest of us to feel like ineffective failures.” Well, maybe. But then again, maybe not. Caleb doesn’t get “star billing” in the Biblical story. He is mentioned briefly in four Old Testament books and never mentioned in the New.
If he had not been chosen as one of the twelve to spy out the Land of Canaan we might not have known anything about him. The spies spent forty days scouting out Canaan. Upon their return a spokesman for the twelve reported that the land was indeed “flowing with milk and honey,” but recommended they stay out of Canaan because it was populated by strong, hostile tribes and even giants. This advice elicited a groundswell of approval from the people. Read more!