Not all Faith Children will become front line generals in the work of God. Some like Caleb become unsung heroes and still they are overcomers in the Lord. I heard about Caleb as our pastor Richard preached about him. He is not mentioned in Hebrews chapter 11 in the Hall of Faith fame. However, he was among the twelve spies whom Moses sent out to spy the land of Canaan. He was one of the two who believed that they could do it! and was not daunted by the “giants”, to believe that God could help them take the land. He was one of the two remnant spies who entered the land of promise whilst the 10 others were cursed to die in the wilderness. He was not afraid of the “giants” the reason which vetoed the minority spy report and sent the Israelites a-wandering for 40 years in the wilderness. He kept his faith and trust in the Lord and he was there when Moses handed over the mantle to Joshua, and he became Joshua’s compatriot in arms, humble to submit to Joshua and to work under him. We see him in Joshua 15 when he claimed his inheritance at the age of 85 years after waiting for 45 years for it to come to pass, from Joshua. His inheritance was Hebron which Moses promised to Caleb . Caleb was 85 years old when he received his inheritance for wholly following the Lord. Caleb and his family received Hebron the city of the Anakims (these were the very big people -giants). Caleb was as strong when he was 85 as he was when he was 40. He fought the three kings of Hebron and drove them out.
Do we have giants in our lives? Like Caleb we must
1. Believe in God
It was Faith that Believed God could overcome every difficulty or barrier – giants, or walled cities did not frighten him; Faith that expected God to keep His promises; Faith that showed he was active in his relationship to God (verse 8). Caleb’s testimony in verses 10 and 11 shows that at 40, Caleb had expressed his faith by declaring that he believed God could and would do something. Now at 85, he adds his testimony and thanks God for the fact that the Lord had kept him alive. His generation was now all dead, except he and Joshua, who had survived the “wilderness wanderings” and deaths on the battlefields of Canaan. He could now claim the inheritance as one who had lived through it all.
He did not take LIFE for granted, because life is a God-given privilege. Caleb was still as strong at 85 as he was at 40 – he was still able and willing to face giants. The secret is that those who serve the Lord in their youth will have nothing to fear as they grow older. We will gain our future leaders and saints from our faithful young ones. Caleb was obviously a man testifying to vigour and strength and health and healing as a product of his close walk with God. He understood God’s healing name -
“I AM THE LORD THAT HEALETH THEE.”
Caleb, in verse 12, shows that he was not one living in the past. Some older folk live in the past – but not Caleb. He remembered the past with gratitude for God’s faithfulness, but he had not lost his vision for service. He did not ask for any easy place where he could spend his remaining years in peace and quietness. He wanted to do something for the Lord.
He took the promises of God; not as a deserved reward, but as an opportunity to exercise faith and claim new victories.
2. Commit to His plan - believe He has a plan for our good, seek His guidance and identify the path He has chosen for us – it may not be in the limelight but if it glorifies Him, it will surely be important to the Lord as any other in the front lines – what is God’s promise to you if you are the unsung hero?
The promise to Caleb was “Now then, give me this hill country about which the Lord spoke on that day, for you heard on that day that the Anakim were there, with great fortified cities; perhaps the LORD will be with me, and I will drive them out as the Lord as spoken.” Joshua 14:12.
Caleb won his Hebron. What will you win in God?
3. Remain faithful and trust and obey no matter how long his promise takes to fruition.
Forty five years is a long time to wait for a promised reward. Some folk Caleb’s age would have given up long before, and made a graceful exit into a rocking chair, but not Caleb. He still followed the Lord in triumphant faith. He still stood on God’s Word and Faith in God’s promise. Finally, his opportunity came to claim the promise when Joshua subdued the Canaanites and peace came. Will we trust the Lord and not quit before we get our inheritance? He calls us to follow Him.
After seven years of war – the zeal of many was beginning to slacken, and there was a danger of losing some of the fruits of victory.
Then the 85-year-old Caleb came forward and roused the people to action by his example. For 45 years the Word of the Lord had been his inspiration and hope. He knew what it meant to stand on God’s Word, and now he reaffirmed his stand.
If anything is needed in our churches today, it is for those who have known what revival fires are like, to begin to seek God once more.
Let the mature leaders get:
- A new Vision of the Cross,
- A new Dedication to God,
- A new Hunger for the Manifestation of the Supernatural, and…
- A new Courage to stand on the WORD OF GOD.