Faith Child – Unsung Hero

Joshua and Caleb; as in Joshua 14:6-15; illust...

Joshua and Caleb; as in Joshua 14:6-15; illustration from a Bible card published by the Providence Lithograph Company (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

Let us follow after God,  even though we are unsung heroes.

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  3. granbee says:

    OH, you have just added another item to my personal spiritual wish list: to be strong for God at age 85 like Caleb! Caleb as one of the two faithful “spies” is often overlooked in extolling Joshual. But Caleb did receive his just rewards from God, in GOD’s own time!

    • ptl2010 says:

      Granbee, my dad is 89 and if 89 is my target age, and I have my second inspiration at age 85, I will have 4 more years than Caleb to remain as dynamite for Jesus. I can’t imagine that time but I will surely be glad for your company from now to then. Praise the Lord in His strength and by His grace we will. Thank you for being an encourager on ChristianBlessings and to our family here. That is what family is for – encouraging, supporting in word, faith and action. Praise God for everyone among us. May we remain faithful even as evil becomes more rampant. We need to look out for one another.

  4. Rob Barkman says:

    My first pastorate immediately out of Bible College was a small rural church with 3 members, it was the only church within a 15 mile radius that held to the truths of God’s Word…. it had been torn apart by two church splits and a Pastor who had fallen deeply into public sin. Needless to say, from time to time discouragement would set in. If 1 church member would fall ill, unable to attend services, we would have a 1/3 decrease in attendance for that day.

    Anyhow, one day, a godly woman in the church noticed I was feeling sorry for myself. She told me that “when a bulb goes out in a beautiful chandelier, nobody even notices; but when an unnoticed, single, light bulb goes out in a stairwell, it is plunged in darkness. What you are doing here is a very important ministry. Without you, and our church this entire area would be plunged into darkness.”

    She was so right, and from that point forward I have never forgotten her words of wisdom. With the words of one faithful lady, the Lord has brought encourgement to the heart of a pastor throughout the course of his entire ministry.

    If we find ourselves serving the Lord as the one lightbulb in the stairwell that never gets attention, remember…. your ministry may be much more important than those who receive all the attention, glory and praise. You are willing to serve in that postion that seems undesirable in the eyes of many. The Lord notices and will bless you for your fatihfulness and willingness to serve for His glory and honor, not your own.

    Thanks for a great posting. Lord bless you.

    • ptl2010 says:

      Thank you for sharing your experience Pastor Rob. My family especially my late mother had a heart for pioneer pastors who were starting out in Malaysia after their Bible school graduation in the 1960′s. As they received their monthly financial support from my mother they would report the progress of their ministry. Often it seemed they were discouraged with the slow startups and sometimes to the point of giving up. Thank God they remained persevering so that in the 1970s, 1980′s we witnessed the growth of those pioneer works and churches becoming established and financially able to support their pastors. Indeed trust, faithfulness to the Lord’s call kept them through the years. We thank God for you Pastor Rob and those like you who preach the gospel in the dry and rainy spells. God is good we can testify…yes, all the time. May your ministry and calling continue to be your passion for Jesus. Thank you for shining your light in this world of darkness. May we all who love the Lord continue to shine till Jesus comes or till He calls us home.

  5. We all marvel and rejoice at the great heroes of faith, but there are great lessons from the lesser known heroes recorded in the Word – as you have detailed here with Caleb. Thank you for sharing them.

    We are all individuals and each has a purpose. Some of us fight on the front line, some might be ‘locked in a prayer closet’ and others are in all different situations, but EACH ONE is important in the ministry. Our responsibility is to be the person God intends us to be and fulfill His purpose for us in that place.

    We certainly need that “vision, dedication, hunger, courage”.

    We serve an amazing God!

    • ptl2010 says:

      We certainly need vision, dedication, hunger, courage to stay the course He has charted for us. We need prayer and the support of His family here and wherever the Lord has placed us. In the struggle against principalities and powers we need the help of the Holy Spirit for wisdom and discernment that we may be overcomers . May the Lord help us to the end as He did for. Caleb.

      Thank you meetingintheclouds for your comments. I thank God for you.

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