So here I [Caleb] 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.” from Joshua 14
Caleb was one of the original spies Moses sent into spy out Canaan. This passage takes place 45 years later. Everyone in Caleb’s generation has died off in the wilderness as punishment for not trusting God. Now that the Israelites have crossed the Jordan with their new leader, Joshua; Caleb goes to him and asks for the hardest land with the strongest opponents. He believes that if God helps him, he can take even the hardest place.
Sometime, the journey ahead of us seems too hard. Maybe we are tired or worn out or maybe we don’t have enough experience or energy. Or perhaps it just feels like there is too much opposition to press on. Whatever the case, this story is encouraging. I am far from being eighty-five years old, but I still have lots of moments where I am tired or overwhelmed and just want an excuse to bow out. But when I read this, I am reminded that God can use a very old man to take out giants…in the mountains! And that makes me excited…
If God can use Caleb, God can certainly use me. And what’s more, Caleb asks for it. He doesn’t just begrudgingly obey when God asks him to go fight, he goes out of his way to approach Joshua, and demand that he get the opportunity to fight for God in the hardest place. Am I just obeying…or am I seeking out opportunities to be victorious for God. Obedience is great, but I want to be more than obedient. I want to walk in the path of Caleb. I want to be a woman who looks at the giants ahead of her, and takes them head on. I want to believe I can do all things with my God at my side.
God, I repent for all the ways I let fear and fatigue overwhelm me. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. In You I am victorious. May I seek out opportunities today to be victorious with you!
Diving In is our online mid-week devotional. It jumps into the message from Sunday and takes us a little deeper. Take a moment to slow down from your busy day, and hear from the Holy Spirit. We re-post every week. You can follow along by clicking the +Follow button in the bottom-right corner of your screen. This week Diving In is written by Erika Thornton (Pastor Jonathan’s wife).