Patience and Endurance
| Caleb had the spirit
of patience and endurance because he had hope. Through no fault of his
own, in spite of everything he could do to prevent it, Caleb was denied
entrance into the promised land for many years. Because of the sins of
others he was subjected to the wilderness for forty years. Such was the
trial of personal stability, patience and the power to endure. Surely
there was the temptation to be discouraged and abandon the goal, just give
up and quit, with the attitude, "What's the use? Nobody cares."
He could have become bitter and blamed others for his hardships. But
throughout those burdensome years he never lost hope.
Such a spirit is essential for today's servant of God. "He that endureth to the end shall be saved" (Matt. 10:22). "Be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee a crown of life" (Rev. 2:10).