Today’s story is about one of my favorite Bible heroes. As far back as I remember, I’ve admired this warrior, who at age 85 felt as young as when he was 40. That’s the kind of vigor I want to have. How about you?
Abraham, Jacob, Moses, David, Job, Isaiah… Among these people, that God calls “my servant,” is this brave warrior, Caleb. In a previous story we saw that he returned from exploring the Promised Land with a positive report of faith and trust in God. But his fellow spies, except Joshua, discouraged the people, so much that Israel was punished for their unbelief and had to wander forty years in the desert, as shepherds.
Read Numbers 13 & 14; Deuteronomy 1:19-40; Joshua 14:6-15.
Throughout his years of wandering in the desert, Caleb did not forget the mountain he had seen in Canaan. Moses promised him that when entering Canaan he could conquer it.
This servant of God is an example of persevering, of not losing the vision or the “dream” from our early years. No need to age the soul!
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Let’s be encouraged to be faithful and courageous servants, “with another spirit,” as it says about Caleb. Our beloved Savior makes us “more than conquerors.”
See Romans 8:37-39; Isaiah 40:29-31; Psalm 103:1-5.
Welcome to read the story #7, Caleb Conquers Horeb in: Conquering the Promised Land.
Next week we will have the final story in the series about the escape from Egypt and the conquest of the Promised Land.
Be bountifully blessed!