Where YOU Go...
… I'll go
Where YOU stay, I'll stay
When YOU move, I'll move
I will follow YOU
Who YOU love, I'll love
How YOU serve I'll serve
If this life I lose, I will follow YOU
I will follow YOU
I’ve recently been reading up on a BIBLE character named Caleb. One of my favorite authors has written a series of books about him and Joshua, and it spurred me into further study. One of the things I found interesting is that if you look his name up in the ancient text (Kaleb), it appears to come from the same root word for dog (keleb).
I found this correlation very interesting, and decided to look into qualities of Caleb that are also qualities that we tend to ascribe to dogs. Humans and dogs actually have many traits in common. How they behave, act, and think are not that much different. Here’s some attributes that I found present in both Caleb and dogs.
Then Caleb quieted the people in the presence of Moses and said, “We must go up and take possession of the land because we can certainly conquer it!”
In the midst of 10 spies who had lost faith in GOD and were afraid to obey, Caleb stayed loyal. His faith in GOD never wavered. He knew that what GOD promised, HE would do. And in the end, Caleb was rewarded for his loyalty.
A dog’s loyalty to his master never falters either. No matter how bad things get, Your dog will be there with you. No matter how much you mess up, turn around and your dog is right there with you. Forget to feed him one morning… he will still welcome you home with loving eyes and a wagging tail.
We should follow the same examples in our walk of faith. Don’t lose faith… stay loyal. Others around you might fall away. They might lose faith. They may give their loyalty to others. We, however, need to be stronger. We need to remember the promises that GOD has given us, and stay loyal to HIM.
Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who scouted out the land, tore their clothes and said to the entire Israelite community: “The land we passed through and explored is an extremely good land. If the LORD is pleased with us, HE will bring us into this land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and give it to us. Only don’t rebel against the LORD, and don’t be afraid of the people of the land, for we will devour them. Their protection has been removed from them, and the LORD is with us. Don’t be afraid of them!”
Notice that Caleb “tore his clothes”. Tearing your clothes in ancient times was a sign of grief, mourning, or loss… all things that accompany compassion. Caring about others in their distress. The people of Israel were in distress due to the report of the 10 unfaithful spies. Joshua and Caleb had compassion on them and tried to comfort them.
What dog that you know doesn’t show compassion? It could be the worst day of your life, and somehow they will know that you need a good cuddle… or a caring gaze… perhaps they will try to cheer you up with play. Dogs can tell when our mood is bad, and they will always do their best to comfort us.
We need to make sure we show compassion to those around us. We don’t know what they are going through, but we don’t need to. We need to see they are sad, and show them compassion. We need to notice they are angry, and show them compassion. We need to observe their hurt, and show them compassion. GOD has shown us great compassion, let’s return it to others.
As you see, the LORD has kept me alive these 45 years as HE promised, since the LORD spoke this word to Moses while Israel was journeying in the wilderness. Here I am today, 85 years old. I am still as strong today as I was the day Moses sent me out. My strength for battle and for daily tasks is now as it was then. Now give me this hill country the LORD promised me on that day, because you heard then that the Anakim are there, as well as large fortified cities. Perhaps the LORD will be with me and I will drive them out as the LORD promised.
Even at 85 years old, Caleb was eager to battle for what was promised him. He didn’t find a point to say he was too old, let someone younger do it. He went out and fought for what GOD had promised him. Even against the descendants of Anak, who where the “giants” the spies saw there 45 years earlier.
Dogs are not that much different. I can remember when the doorbell would ring at my parents house and even a very old Doogie would run, jump, and bark in an effort to fight off whatever was threatening his home. Dogs fight for their pack. They fight to defend their masters.
GOD has promised us much also, and we should learn to have the same attitude. We are never too old to fight for someone’s soul. We are never too old to spread GOD’s message with those around us. Each day, until we pass from this life, we should be fighting for GOD’s kingdom.
But since MY servant Caleb has a different spirit and has followed ME completely, I will bring him into the land where he has gone, and his descendants will inherit it.
Caleb followed GOD, completely. He went where GOD went. He stayed where GOD stayed. He moved when GOD moved. He followed HIM completely.
Dogs follow their master. I can remember I would be sitting on my couch with Copper, and if I got up, even if just to get my phone or a snack… Copper would hop up with excitement, and follow me anywhere.
GOD is our master, and we should be eager to follow HIM wherever he leads. If we choose to follow, HE will lead us right where we need to be. HE won’t try to lose us. HE will teach us the lessons we need to learn so that we might make it to heaven.
Caleb was a great BIBLE hero, one that we don’t study that often. Dogs are around us every day, yet we often fail to recognize what we could be learning from them. Learning the lessons that GOD wants me to learn, that is my goal this week. Loyalty, Compassion, Fight, Follow.
Enjoy some pictures of my favorite dogs, from many years ago.