Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we will surely overcome it.” [Numbers 13:30]
Of the 12 spies that Moses sent to spy out Canaan, only Caleb and Joshua had faith that the children of Israel could overcome the enemies and occupy the Promised Land. In fact it was Caleb who stood out first to express his faith and attempted to rally the children of Israel, as shown in the above verse.
Sadly the people refused to listen to him. The punishment was 40 years in the wilderness. And after that period, we see that Caleb was still strong in the faith regarding occupying the land (see Joshua 14:6-15).
Later Joshua was appointed to be Moses’ successor. I am surprised that it was not Caleb. He was faithful, and he was from the tribe of Judah (see Numbers 13:6), the leading tribe of Israel. I believe he would have been a strong contender to the leadership post. There was no record of Caleb’s disgruntlements on this matter, and he was not part of those who staged a mutiny against Moses.
In conclusion, I think Caleb was a faithful man for 3 reasons:
- believing that the people could overcome the enemies and occupy the Promised Land
- submitting to the leadership that the LORD placed over him
- finishing strong