This post is Day 23 in a series of studies about “Mountains”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.
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Mountains – Day 23
Caleb was one of the twelve spies sent to search out the promised land. Unfortunately only two of those spies, Joshua and Caleb came back rejoicing about the wonderful land God was about to give them. The others only saw the negative things, the strong people and the fortified cities.
Then Joshua blessed Caleb son of Jephunneh and gave him Hebron as his inheritance. So Hebron has belonged to Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite ever since, because he followed the Lord, the God of Israel, wholeheartedly.
Caleb was one of the twelve spies sent to search out the promised land (Numbers 13). Unfortunately only two of those spies, Joshua and Caleb came back rejoicing about the wonderful land God was about to give them. The others only saw the negative things, the strong people and the fortified cities.
Those ten spies talked themselves into a place of fear, and persuaded those who hadn’t been there that they couldn’t take control of the land “flowing with milk and honey” which the Lord had promised them!
The result of that negative attitude and lack of confidence in Almighty God who had already done amazing things for them was that the people of Israel had to spend many more years wandering in the desert.
When they finally were ready to enter that land. Caleb claimed Hebron in the mountain area as his. It was as though he said to Joshua “Give me MY mountain”. It had been 40 years earlier that Caleb had wanted to take this land, and at the age of 85 he was still determined to take it, and he did! (Joshua 14:10-12 & Judges 1:20).
Praise God that His promises are always worth waiting for and fighting for. Ask yourself today if there are promises you have felt God making to you in the past, that you have not yet claimed. We are never too old to claim God’s promises, and get back on track.
Think about the attitude of the ten men who went to spy out the promised land. Ask yourself if you would be one who saw the prosperity of the produce, or one who would be afraid of the giants.
Pray that God will help you see the good things going on in this crazy world today.