29 Give me this mountain

Encouragement for difficult days (29):

GIVE ME THIS MOUNTAIN

 

“Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the LORD spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the LORD will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the LORD said.”

Joshua 14:12

Amongst all the heroes of the Bible that we read about, we seldom think of Caleb. Yet it was him that said to God “Give me this mountain!” Caleb is a great example for us today!

When the nation of Israel neared the promised land, Moses sent twelve men into the land to spy it out. The men came back with a glowing report of the riches in the land and even brought back samples of the fruit. They had clusters of grape so large it took two men to carry them. But, sad to say, ten of the twelve men had absolutely no faith that God could give them the land. They only saw the walled cities and the giants who lived in them.

However, two of the spies, Joshua and Caleb, tried to convince the people that God was able to give them the victory, but alas, the majority ruled, and Israel went back into the wilderness. There they wandered round for 40 years till all the unbelieving Jews were dead, apart from Moses, Joshua and Caleb.

Eventually, God did lead His people in to the promised land. Joshua led them over the Jordan river and into the land where they won victory after victory.

When the inheritance were being claimed, Caleb said “Give me this mountain!” Caleb didn’t ask for an easy place, he asked for a difficult place. The Bible tells us that this mountain was iihabited by a race of giants in walled cities,  but these obstacles didn’t stop Caleb. He asked for the mountain, and by faith in God, he claimed that mountain and gave it to his family for generations to come.

What are the lessons we can learn from this forgotten hero, Caleb?

Firstly, we learn that the defeats of others need not make us losers as well. Because of the unbelief of the ten spies and the rest of Israel, Caleb had to wander in the wilderness for 40 years, when he could have been enjoying his inheritance. Perhaps you are suffering because of another’s mistakes or sins. Look at Caleb and learn the importance of trusting God in spite of what others do.

Secondly, age is no barrier to making conquests for the Lord. Caleb was an 85 year old man, and he was asking for a mountain! Not just any mountain, but a mountain controlled by a tribe of great and mighty warriors. 85 is good age to settle down in some comfortable valley, but Caleb asked for a mountain. If the years are adding up and you think your work is done, dismiss that idea from your mind! Granted, Caleb was still in good health, and that means a lot. But Caleb’s power came from his faith in God. He knew that God was able to overcome the enemy and give him his inheritance.

Lastly, Caleb teaches us to look ahead and not back. When the nation of Israel finally did enter the promised land, Caleb could have sat down and pouted. He could have reminded the rulers that hhe had been in the minority – he had voted to enter the lland – and had ben right. He could have reviewed those 40 years of wated wandering and complained about them. But he didn’t! Instead of looking back, Caleb looked ahead and claimed this mountain. Caleb’s motto was “The best is yet to come!” And isn’t that the motto of every true Christian? There are always new blessings to receive, new lessons to learn, new victories to win. Life would be terribly boring if God didn’t bring new challenges to our lives from time to time.

If you want to claim your mountain, begin by surrendering to Christ. He alone can give you the faith and courage to face life and conquer the enemy.

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