Joshua and Caleb – friends in deed

Xanthe Galanis

Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had explored the land, tore their clothes and said to the entire Israelite assembly, “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. If the LORD is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. Only do not rebel against the LORD.” Numbers 14:6-9(a)

Do you recall the story of the 12 spies who gave their report of the Promised Land to the people of Israel? They all agreed on the facts of the report; it truly was the land of milk and honey. But there was great disagreement on the interpretation and what ought to be Israel’s response.

Ten of them gave a majority report. They said it couldn’t be done — the enemy was too numerous. Two faithful men of courage thought differently. Caleb spoke for them saying, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”(Numbers 13:30) It took great courage to say what they said and to do what they did. As a result, these two men were bound together in a friendship based upon conviction.

When you and another are the only ones in your company who are doing right, the only ones at your school to stand for Jesus Christ, the only individuals in your family or neighborhood who have faith, it can glue you together like Caleb and Joshua.

Joshua and Caleb were friends indeed and friends in deed. It was a friendship tested by time and trials, but a friendship expressed in commitment and deeds. Perhaps you are blessed with such a friend as Caleb. If so, find a way today not only to say how much you appreciate this friend but to show it as well.

Prayer: Father, thank you for friends who share my convictions. Your Word instructs me to not only love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth, help me be a courageous friend of action today. Amen.