…all of them were leaders of the Israelites (Numbers 13:3).
Caleb and Joshua were two of the ten leaders who were sent out to explore the land of Canaan in advance of the Israelites’ crossing the Jordan River.
One of their areas of exploration was Hebron, the city where God first promised this land to Abraham and his descendants. It was here that the explorers saw the giants of Anak. Next, they went to the Valley of Eschol and took a sample of the gigantic-sized fruit. The explorers all experienced the same journey, but they did not all come to the same conclusion.
Ten of the explorer said, “The food is gigantic but so are the people. We cannot defeat them!” (13:26-29)
“Then Caleb silenced” those naysayers and said, “We can do it!” And Joshua joined Caleb in declaring, “Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them” (13:30; 14:6-9).
The majority rules, right?
No! God did not send them in as a committee to vote on His plan. God had already said, “Take possession of the land”—that wasn’t up for debate or vote!
The naysayers said, “It looks like a good land, but….”
Caleb and Joshua said, “They look like giants, but….”
The majority saw the negatives and made excuses. They saw their situation as bigger than God.
The minority saw God as bigger than the giants. God by Himself is always the Majority. Always. My vote doesn’t change a thing. In fact, I don’t even get a vote! My only decision is whether or not to trust God and obey Him. Obedience—faithful, trusting obedience in God’s word—puts me on God’s side.
A mark of a godly leader is one who makes sure he is always on God’s side.
This is part 48 in my series on godly leadership. You can check out all of my posts in this series by clicking here.