Deliverance is coming

When the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, the LORD raised up a deliverer to the children of Israel, who delivered them, [even] Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother.

And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he judged Israel, and went out to war: and the LORD delivered Chushanrishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand; and his hand prevailed against Chushanrishathaim.

Judges 3:9-10

When the enemy oppressed God’s people, hope seemed absent. God, however, was not absent.

If you’re crying out to the Lord, stay in faith. Deliverance is on the way.

Of course, deliverance comes on God’s schedule, not yours. Be patient and trust God: Help is on the way.

The Promised Land

Kenaz

How did Kenaz make it to the Promised Land? Only two possibilities exist:

Was Caleb’s family saved?

That Caleb’s younger brother was present in the Promised Land, could mean that Caleb’s family was allowed to enter the Promised Land alongside Caleb.

Think about it: Even if Kenaz was born in the Promised Land, Caleb’s wife would have had to be present. So, at least some of Caleb’s family made it in, along with Caleb.

Was Kenaz younger than 20 years old?

Despite such a possibility, the Bible clearly says that Caleb and Joshua were the only ones living at the time whom God would allow into the Promised Land.

The rest of the Israelites who were 20 years old and older were destined to die in the wilderness. Only those who were 19 years old or younger at the time when the spies gave their report were allowed to enter.

Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, which have murmured against me,

Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, [concerning] which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.

Numbers 14:29-30

Seeing this, can we assume that Caleb’s younger brother was younger than 20 years old at the time and, therefore, was eligible to enter the Promised Land.

Which is it?

Othniel was the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother. If Kenaz was only 19 when the spies returned, he’d be young to have a child. For this reason, we could assume that the child, Othniel, could have been born in the Promised Land.

You as a deliverer

God raised Othniel to deliver His people. At first, Othniel seemed ordinary. Nothing special seemed to characterize him. He seemed doomed to a life of mediocrity. However, his latter days were better than his former days,

What made the difference? The Spirit of the Lord. Othniel enjoyed the unprecedented favor of the Lord.

One touch from God can transform you from ordinary to remarkable. From a follower to a leader. From a typical person to a warrior.

If you wait in faith and get in alignment with God, you will experience God’s favor. You will overcome obstacles and inspire others. You will accomplish great things for your family, coworkers, friends, and community. If you believe, you might even also save lives or liberate an entire nation through the power of God’s favor.

Rather than accepting the role of “ordinary,” ask God for His spirit to rest upon you. God can forever change your life.

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