May 20, 2021 –
(Joshua 14:6-15) Studying the story of Caleb would help adults prepare to continue their walk with God
Caleb and Joshua are the only two men God delivered from slavery in Egypt through Moses that made it into the Promised Land. Caleb was forty years old. After the conquest, at eighty-five, Caleb asked Joshua to give him a mountain in property within Judah’s land.
“Now then, just as the Lord promised, he has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time he said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the wilderness. So here I am today, eighty-five years old! I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then. Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but, the Lord helping me, I will drive them out just as he said.” Then Joshua blessed Caleb, son of Jephunneh, and gave him Hebron as his inheritance. (Joshua 14:10-13)
Around 3,000 years later, in 2020, we have ageless lessons to learn from Caleb.
- There are no age limits on mountain climbing. Caleb was 85-years-old, and he had waited 45 years to see the fulfillment of his promise.
- Idle men do not claim mountains.
- When God presents a mountain: prayer, labor, and trust in God, go together to help you conquer the mountain.
- Straddling the mountain, one foot in the past and the other in the future, you must decide, are there other mountains to climb?
- From the mountain’s summit, you have a new and more precise view of God’s grace.
Your mountain can be anything. And God’s promise is you can claim victory. Instead of saying to God, “I am too old for that.” Ask for the mountain.