Caleb means “whole-hearted” in Hebrew.
Who doesn’t want their kids to be “whole-hearted?”
We live in a society of half-hearts. Flippant devotion. Insecurity.
God, give us an army of “whole-hearts.”
“But my brothers who went up with me made the heart of the people melt; yet I wholly followed the Lord my God.” (Joshua 14:8)
This is why we named our second son Caleb. And I pray it for him nearly every day.
“God, make Caleb a “yet person.”
Because yet people are whole-hearted.
But then the words change…
“Because he wholly followed the Lord, the God of Israel.” (Joshua 14:14b)
Here’s what I’m learning between these 2 verses…Caleb wholly followed the Lord HIS God, not the God of Israel.
For our kids to be “yet” people who follow the Lord whole-heartedly, He has to be their God….(wait for it)….not our family’s.
And that has led me to this question…
“What’s the ‘one thing’ I can do this month to foster real relationships with Jesus?”
And here’s the answer…
I have no real idea.
But I do have clarity. The blinds have been pulled back a little more. And I can see the goal. The thesis. The big question.
God, help us not to raise little rule-followers. Help us not to raise “and kids” or “but kids.” Help to raise “yet kids” who whole-heartedly follow someone they know…not something they’ve been taught.
God, help us all to follow You…the One who said “nevertheless (yet)” in the Garden of Gethsemane for us.
“And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, ‘My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will’.” (Matthew 26:39)