Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the Lord spoke in that day.
Then the children of Judah came to Joshua in Gilgal. And Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him: “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 Anakim 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.”
And Joshua blessed him, and gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as an inheritance. Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this day, because he wholly followed the Lord God of Israel. And the name of Hebron formerly was Kirjath Arba (Arba was the greatest man among the Anakim).
Then the land had rest from war.
Jesus always responded to people who asked for things and teaches us to ask God.
Caleb was asking for something he wanted and that God had promised him. Somehow at some point, long ago, Caleb saw that mountain and maybe God said something to him, in his heart, that was like, “that’s yours”.
Stop and think about it. God wants to give cities, companies, blocks, buildings, and spheres of influence to his people. What God has for us is so much more than huddling in church and having a great relationship with Him in private.
It is notable that Caleb was 85 years old, and that he was not born into one of the tribes of Israel, but was a proselyte. Caleb was a descendent of Edom, who were descendants of Esau. Caleb was a Gentile, adopted into Israel, into the tribe of Judah.
Caleb is part of the list of heroes in the Old Testament times, who were not born Jewish. Two other renown people, who end up in Jesus family line are Rahab the prostitute, who was an Amorite, and Ruth the Moabitess, who gets her own story of redemption written up in the book of Ruth.
You might be concerned that you don’t have the right pedigree to be used by God, because your life’s resume is unconventional. But the truth is that God’s story in your life is what qualifies you, and not your resume or connections.
Today, there are people over 40 who think they are too old, when the complete opposite is true. Every age has advantages. There is a reason why the government does not draft people to be in the armed forces, during times of war, who are over a certain age. Young adults do have the most energy.
But, as you get older, you gain a lot of other things. Life experience and wisdom are gained over time. Every person should have older people, a generation ahead; who are in their lives for guidance, mentoring, and counsel.
Your older friends should be your most valuable relationships. If you are in your twenties, look for people in their forties or fifties. If you are in your thirties, look for people in their fifties and sixties.
When we visited and became a part of a church 7 or 8 years ago, I went straight to the oldest person in the room and sat with her and became her friend. I usually do that at any gathering. My oldest friend is 93.
I didn’t come up with this idea, but have been prompted by God and just said yes. The oldest people are the ones with the most gold in terms of wisdom and life experience.
Caleb’s story excites me, because I believe there are many, many people, who are over 40; mostly in their 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s; with a few in their 80’s and 90’s, who have yet to receive their inheritance of destiny and ministry on earth; whom are about to receive it.
Many of us, who are over 40; with probably the highest concentration of people in their low 60’s, received a call or got a vision of their destiny or inheritance, from God, years and decades ago, that has not really come forth yet.
A bunch of us are like Caleb. Like him, we have waited and been faithful to God. Many, most, or all of our friends or kin, that we started with are gone, but we are still here, before God.
Now, the time finally comes to claim our promised inheritance, from God. That season is upon us. I don’t know how it will happen or exactly when it will happen, but I believe that this is what is going to happen.
I am encouraged and want you to be encouraged, especially if you are over 40 and have lived with the feeling that maybe you missed it and your inheritance is lost. Whether you just turned 40 and are saying “now what?”, or you just turned 90 and gave up long ago; God is faithful.
Caleb is not the story of an extraordinary man. It is the story, like many others, of God’s faithfulness. God was faithful to Abraham, Moses, Caleb, David; and you and I. That is His story.
Faith does not mean you understand. It means you trust.
What I am saying is that there is a paradox, in that we do have to work to inherit the promises; but we do not inherit them through works. Faith is never passive. Real faith is an action. Real faith is tested in refining trials.
It’s all grace, but with courageous perseverance. That is the faith.
Faith is made real through faithfulness, which is faith acted upon, based on the belief in the faithfulness of God. Faith is not faith unless it is faithful. And faithfulness involves living out your faith
- Give me my mountain.
- Let me see my mountain.
- Bring me to my mountain.
- Bring my mountain to me.
- Let me ascend my mountain.
- Give me the place you have chosen for me on that mountain.
- Give me a home on my mountain.
- Let me receive a living on my mountain
- Let me stand on my mountain.
- Give me sherpas, guides, or angels; to help me climb my mountain.
- Let me breathe the air on my mountain.
- Let me be on that mountain.
- Give me the ministry on that mountain that you have desired for me.
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