(35) Not one of these men of this evil generation shall see the good land that I swore to give to your fathers, (36) except Caleb the son of Jephuneh. He shall see it, and to him and his children I will give the land on which he has trodden, because he has wholly followed the Lord. (TLV)
It seems that God was so angry with the Israelites, who came out of Egypt, and that they would not follow His instructions to enter the Promised Land, despite all of the miracles they had seen in Egypt, that he decided to not allow that generation to enter into the promise. However, Caleb and Joshua were the exceptions. But why? God explains that it was because they “wholly followed the Lord.” What I believe this means is that Caleb and Joshua were willing to step out in faith, trust God and believe God, despite the considerable and overwhelming challenge they saw before them in conquering Canaan. The lesson here is that God is looking for men and women who have the courage to believe in Him and step out in faith when He directs them to, regardless of the circumstances or risk.