In this chapter we first have a description of the land being divided west of the Jordan. The land was divided and assigned by casting lots. This does not mean that it was assigned by chance; rather it means that this was the method that God used to assign the land.
Then we have Caleb, proclaiming his faith and obedience to God. This he holds as evidence for God to grant a special request he makes about the land. God grants the request. Caleb’s reception of this blessing indicates God’s approval of his faith and obedience.
Caleb was blessed in this life because of his obedience. We can also expect God’s blessings for our faith and obedience, but it may not necessarily be in this life. We may only experience heavenly blessings after we leave this life.
The idea of delayed blessings is powerful and worthy of contemplation. Indeed, we ought to “press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus,” as Paul wrote in Philippians 3:14.
God is so good to each of us. How can I look for ways to serve Him?