This post gives you 7 applicable tips on how to master positive thinking like Caleb from the Old Testament.
Who was Caleb?
Caleb was a man of God whose personal story is described in the Old Testament of the Bible. Caleb’s story is described in Deuteronomy, Numbers, Joshua, Judges, and the First book of Chronicles.
He was part of the group of Israelites whom God delivered out of slavery in Egypt. The way God freed the Israelites was miraculous. Despite potentially being psychologically beaten down by a life of slavery, Caleb was an exceptionally positive person. His story in the Bible shows him to be a man who lived a life of faith, full of positive thinking.
He witnessed the miraculous ways God freed him and the other Israeli slaves. He was part of the group Moses led into the wilderness to go into the promised land of Canaan.
Moses led the Israelites into the wilderness with a group of 12 leaders, of which Caleb was one. Of note, he is of the tribe of Judah.
What Caleb’s Story Teaches us About Positive Thinking?
When Israelites drew close to their promised land God prompted Moses to send the 12 leaders to spy out the land God was sending them too. Caleb was one of those leaders. God had promised that land to the Israelites already.
Joshua and Caleb were the only two out of the 12 leaders who came back with a good report of the land. These two (Caleb and Joshua) trusted God fully and focussed on the good things in the land. Good things included a plenteous supply of food. Bad things in the land were the huge giants in the land with well-fortified cities.
Ten of the leaders who spied the land focussed on the risks and barriers to taking the land. Since their focus was on obstacles, they encouraged the people to believe it was hopeless to try and take the land. A negative mindset and faithless attitude led them to sin by not trusting God. They were not focussed on what God had promised them nor on anything good in the land.
These ten leaders caused the people to sin by encouraging them to similarly focus on the negative and disbelieve God.
Both Caleb and Joshua demonstrated positive thinking based on knowing God’s promises and God’s character. Neither of these men wavered in their faith in God despite the obstacles observed by the other ten leaders. Both men encouraged the people to trust God’s promises and His character. They encouraged the people to expect and focus on all the good things to come for them in this land.
However, the people preferred the negative report. God rewarded Caleb and Joshua for trusting Him and focussing on the good things God had in store for them. Those who focussed on the negative and did not trust God were punished.
The life of Caleb has many examples of a positive thinking spirit, depending on God, and expecting the best. Here are some examples and specific tips from his life.
What Positive Thinking Tips Can we Learn from Caleb?
Tip 1 He Knew the Promises of God and Focussed on them
When Caleb entered into the land God had promised him with the other spies, he had no doubt the land already belonged to the Israelites. Why? He knew God promised it. God had already shown himself as trustworthy and protective of the Israelites with their miraculous escape from Egypt. Caleb did not look at the giants in the land and melt away in fear. He saw with eyes of faith in God that the land was his already.
Tip 2 Caleb Chose to Dwell on the Good Things in the Situation He was Facing
When he entered the land, he saw the milk, honey, and the huge grapes. His report let the people know about these things. His focus magnified the benefits, not the problems. The way he gave his report to the people also explained God had already given them this land. Caleb remembered God had saved them through great miracles and tenderly led and cared for them in the wilderness. He trusted God is good.
Tip 3 This Man Moved Fast to Extinguish Fear with Faith
He advocated swift action against fear. Number 13:30 quotes him as saying “Let us go up AT ONCE and take possession of it, for we will certainly conquer it”. Like when David charged at Goliath (he did not stand there considering Goliath before charge toward him), Caleb demonstrates someone who was eager and ready to charge against fear knowing God was with him. Standing and considering everything to fear was not an option for him, he preferred to act in faith before fear had a chance to take hold.
Tip 4 Despite Old Age He Eagerly Took on Challenging New Assignments from God
Old age was not an excuse to shrink back in Caleb’s life. When the Israelites entered the promised land, Caleb was 85 years old. When Joshua asked him where he wanted land, he chose a mountain with giants on it. He did not shrink back from any challenge using his age as an excuse. The fact the land he chose was not the easiest place (it was a climb to get there, and there were giants to fight on it) shows he still accepted challenges with no fear even into older age.
Tip 5 He Did Not Let His Rough Past Define His Mindset
It is understandable that a group of people coming out of a life of hard slavery in Egypt would have issues with faith and thinking positively. Caleb was remarkable in that he was focussed on what God did in how He miraculously rescued the Israelites. God showed Himself faithful and true in all circumstances as they walked with Him from Egypt. That became Caleb’s reality, and whatever mindset that a slave would have was not his reality. Slavery often leads to negative mindsets, as one’s own hopes and dreams are often unfulfilled. Caleb chose to leave any lingering slave mindset and walked into a positive mindset of trusting God. His past did not define him.
Tip 6 Friendship with Other Positive Thinkers
People become the average of their five closest friends. Joshua and Caleb were both positive thinkers who trusted God. They remained connected all through their lives, and no doubt encouraged each other along these lines.
Tip 7 Reverence for God by Trusting Him
Lastly, the words Caleb spoke are reminders of how much he revered God. When the other ten spies gave a negative report and the people began to melt in fear, Caleb told them “not to rebel against the Lord”. He recognized mistrust of God as rebellion. God spoke about Caleb as someone with “a different spirit who follows me fully“. Positive thinking as a Christian demands we know the promises of God and trust God for them. It also means we follow God fully as Caleb did. That means following even into challenging situations with a positive attitude of faith. It is a way of honoring and revering our Heavenly Father.
Positive Thinking for Believers is Rooted in Faith in God
Jesus marvelled at one thing in the New Testament-faith. The Roman centurion caused Jesus to marvel at his great faith. The Pharisees caused him to marvel at their unbelief and lack of faith.
Caleb was a mighty man of God who accomplished wonderful things and spoke to situations with positive words of faith. The source of this man’s positive thinking was faith in God. He trusted God to lead him and he believed God’s character was good and all His promises were true. That is the basis of positive thinking as a believer.
Caleb was a mighty man of God who pleased the Lord by slaying fear and valiantly trusting Him and His promises well into old age. He lived a life of victory which came from his positive thinking always rooted in faith in God. Caleb’s story reminds us to focus on God’s good character and His promises instead of our circumstances. It also encourages us to consider moving FAST against fear with faith. Lastly, Caleb’s story reminds us that age is not an excuse. When God gives us an opportunity to do something bigger than us, no matter our age, we should rise to the challenge eager and confident, knowing God is good and His promises do not fail.
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Have you ever been in a situation where you had to move swiftly like Caleb to overcome fear with faith? How did you apply positive thinking to the situation? I would love to hear your story. Please feel free to leave a comment.
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