Caleb is one of my favorite people in all the Bible. I love his faith, his courage, and his perseverance. To the day of his death, he clung to the Lord his God and he walked in steadfast love and obedience. I want to be just like him!
Here is one of the key passages about his life from Joshua 14:6-15 (ESV):
"6 Then the people of Judah came to Joshua at Gilgal. And Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, 'You know what the LORD said to Moses the man of God in Kadesh-barnea concerning you and me. 7 I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadesh-barnea to spy out the land, and I brought him word again as it was in my heart. 8 But my brothers who went up with me made the heart of the people melt; yet I wholly followed the LORD my God. 9 And Moses swore on that day, saying, "Surely the land on which your foot has trodden shall be an inheritance for you and your children forever, because you have wholly followed the LORD my God." 10 And now, behold, the LORD has kept me alive, just as he said, these forty-five years since the time that the LORD spoke this word to Moses, while Israel walked in the wilderness. And now, behold, I am this day eighty-five years old. 11 I am still as strong today as I was in the day that Moses sent me; my strength now is as my strength was then, for war and for going and coming. 12 So now give me this hill country of which the LORD spoke on that day, for you heard on that day how the Anakim were there, with great fortified cities. It may be that the LORD will be with me, and I shall drive them out just as the LORD said.'
"13 Then Joshua blessed him, and he gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for an inheritance. 14 Therefore Hebron became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this day, because he wholly followed the LORD, the God of Israel. 15 Now the name of Hebron formerly was Kiriath-arba. (Arba was the greatest man among the Anakim.) And the land had rest from war."
Oh, how I love Caleb! And what I love about him most is that in all his manly bravery he did not fail to give glory to the Lord and acknowledge that, if he had victory, the Lord would be his victory. "It may be that the LORD will be with me, and I shall drive them out just as the LORD said."
Father, give us the spirit of Caleb! Give us hearts that fear no enemy but wholly trust in your name! Give us hearts that are humble and that give you glory and that acknowledge, in the deepest and most secret places, that without you we can do nothing!