Joshua 15:13-19 (NIV) 13 In accordance with the LORD’s command to him, Joshua gave to Caleb son of Jephunneh a portion in Judah–Kiriath Arba, that is, Hebron. (Arba was the forefather of Anak.) 14 From Hebron Caleb drove out the three Anakites–Sheshai, Ahiman and Talmai–descendants of Anak. 15 From there he marched against the people living in Debir (formerly called Kiriath Sepher). 16 And Caleb said, “I will give my daughter Acsah in marriage to the man who attacks and captures Kiriath Sepher.” 17 Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb’s brother, took it; so Caleb gave his daughter Acsah to him in marriage. 18 One day when she came to Othniel, she urged him to ask her father for a field. When she got off her donkey, Caleb asked her, “What can I do for you?” 19 She replied, “Do me a special favor. Since you have given me land in the Negev, give me also springs of water.” So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs.
On verses 13-19: I get a kick out of watching Caleb and his family. Not once but twice (once in Joshua 14 and again here in Joshua 15), the book of Joshua describes how land is being distributed to the various tribes of Israel when this very formal process seems to be informally interrupted by Caleb and his family suddenly appearing and asking for land. I can almost picture the leaders of 9.5 tribes of Israel lining up and waiting their turn to get their land assignments from Joshua, when all of a sudden Caleb and his family cut in line and demand Joshua’s attention. Here in verse 13, Joshua hears Caleb’s demand for land and gives him the land of Hebron. Just as Caleb predicted earlier (Joshua 14:11-12), even at 85 years old Caleb is able to drive out the giants living in one part of Hebron and takes over their land (v14). Then Caleb invites anyone who will take the initiative to capture the next part of Hebron called Kiriath Sepher, promising to give them his daughter Aksah in marriage. Caleb’s brother Othniel takes up the challenge, captures Kiriath Sepher and wins Aksah in marriage (v15-17). Finally in verses 18-19, we see Aksah herself taking initiative to ask Caleb for springs of water in addition to the land that she and her husband now possessed. So Caleb gives her the upper and lower springs (v18-19).
What can we learn from this? A big reason reason Caleb and his family were extraordinarily blessed is because they were not afraid to take initiative and ask. Here we have three instances where Caleb or a member of Caleb’s family is bold and takes initiative to ask for something big. In each case, they get what they asked for.
I love the faith, initiative and boldness Caleb, Caleb’s brother Othniel and Caleb’s daughter Aksah display. To me it’s a reminder that God loves to bless people who take initiative, who move in faith and who are not afraid to dream about, ask for and fight for something big.
Like Caleb and his family, may we dream big, ask big and be willing to fight for something big. May faith, initiative and confidence typify the way we approach God as well. As Hebrews 4:16 says: “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
So I encourage you today to ask God for something big. Don’t be afraid to dream big, for God loves to bless those who come to Him with faith.
Heavenly Father, like Caleb and his family, may I not be afraid to take initiative, to move in faith and to ask for big things from You and from those who have the power to help me. Today I ask You for [name something big that you truly want, something you believe God wants you to ask Him for. Do it with faith.]. Thank You that You are with me and will bless me. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!