“Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the Lord spoke in that day…” (Josh 14:12)
Caleb made this speech on his 85th birthday. He reminded Joshua of the promise God made to him, 45 years previously, thru His servant Moses. Caleb was one of the twelve men Moses sent ahead to spy the Promised Land. They came back confirming that the land is ‘flowing with milk and honey’. But ten of them added that it is impossible to occupy the land because giants live there. Their negative report made the hearts of the people of God ‘melt with fear’. Joshua and Caleb confronted them saying that ‘if God is with us, we can conquer them; for their protection is gone, for God is with us!’ (Nu 14)
God comes to the scene and gives His judgment. The ten spies who spread a bad report and discouraged the congregation died of a plague ‘before the Lord’. For doubting and grumbling against God the people of Israel will waste forty years in the wilderness and die there. Only their children will enter the Promised Land.
As for Joshua and Caleb, because they were loyal to God and believed His promises, they shall enter too and occupy the very places were their feet have walked upon. Caleb went up to Hebron, which he calls ‘a mountain’. In a most wonderful speech full of faith he now reminds Joshua of God’s promise made to him so many years ago:
“You know the word which the Lord said to Moses the man of God concerning you and me in Kadesh Barnea. I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh Barnea to spy out the land, and I brought back word to him as it was in my heart. Nevertheless my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt, but I wholly followed the Lord my God. So Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land where your foot has trodden shall be your inheritance and your children’s forever, because you have wholly followed the Lord my God.’ And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, as He said, these forty-five years, ever since the Lord spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old. As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in. Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the Lord spoke in that day; for you heard in that day how the giants were there, and that the cities were great and fortified. It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the Lord said” (Josh 14:6-12).
Joshua confirms his request. At 85, Caleb and his children go to war against the giants and they killed them all. At last, Hebron became his property. The name Hebron means ‘Fellowship’. The name Caleb means ‘he is able’.
“He is able, more than able, to do much more than I can ever dream…
Jesus is able, more than able, to make me what He wants me to be…”
If God has given you any promise in the past, thru the Word or by His Spirit, please remember today that He is the faithful God. Even if time has gone, it is never too late for God. If you are faithful to God you shall become His intimate friend and have sweet fellowship with him. If you serve God faithfully in your youth, you shall enjoy your old age. Your strength and passion for life and serving God shall not reduce. The natural laws of getting old shall not apply to you. With ‘long life I will satisfy him’ (Ps 91:16)! You shall possess the gates of your enemies! Your children shall be taught by the Lord, have peace, be strong and do ministry just like their parents!
In Christ I declare:
All God’s promises shall be fulfilled in my life!
I shall possess my mountain, the best God has for me!
As for me and my house, we shall serve the Lord!
In Jesus name,