Surely none of the men who came up from Egypt, from twenty years old and above, shall see the
land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, because they have not wholly followed Me,
except Caleb the son of Jephunneh, the Kenizzite,and Joshua the son of Nun, for they have
wholly followed the LORD.
A few years ago, prominent members of society gathered in the Saints Peter and Paul Church in
San Francisco for a wed ding. The bride was dazzling in her wed ding gown and the service
was elegant m its execution. But when it came to that all important moment to say "I do," the
bride hesitated and then replied, "I just can't make up my mind." The minister waited a moment
and then announced to the audience that the wedding was off.
The reception was cancelled and thousands of dollars' worth of food was given away. A week
later, however, the bride asked for the wedding to proceed. Her uncertainty, she claimed, "was
just do to nerves."
Fortunately, ·Joshua, along with Caleb, never had such moments of uncertainty. No less than five
times (Num. 32:12; Deut.1:36; Josh. 14:8, 9, 14) the Bible says Joshua "wholly" followed the
Lord. There was no hesitation, no second thoughts, and no vain regrets. Instead, he gave himself
to be and do all that God desired of him.
His life had no room for a "maybe," or a tentative "let me think about it." Joshua's mind was
made up; he would totally serve the Lord. When it comes time to give a clear testimony for the
Lord, Christians often seem to be afflicted with a bad case of the nerves.
They stutter and stumble and just can't seem to "make up their minds." George Gallup, in his
studies on American church life, noted that America is a nation of nominal believers, many
belonging to a church but few attending. They just can't make up their minds to take a stand for
Let's put behind us all our indecisiveness. When the opportunity comes to take a stand for Christ,
whether by witnessing for Him or simply identifying with a local assembly of believers, don't
hesitate. "Wholly"follow the Lord.
A HOLY RESPONSE COMES FROM A WHOLLY COMMITTED HEART.