Recently I took several friends of mine to visit a 76 year old stalwart of the faith who has influenced scores of men and women for Christ around the world for over a half a century.
During our visit, I was arrested by the love of Christ that radiated from this rugged individual, as he graciously took a few minutes’ leave from the around-the-clock care of his dying wife… his life partner of over 50 years.
As we visited, one of my companions asked, “Bob, what are your aspirations in these latter years of your life, especially as you face the departure of your beloved wife?”
Without hesitation he replied, “To take another mountain for God, as did Caleb.”
You may recall the story of Caleb: After Israel’s trek across the desert from Egypt to Jordan, God commissioned Moses to send 12 spies into the Promised Land, only to have 10 return in fear, and disbelief. The two exceptions of course were Caleb and Joshua, who urged Moses to take the land. (Joshua 13:30)
Forty-five years later Israel had still failed to acquire portions of the land promised to them by God. Caleb, who by now was eighty years of age, rises to the challenge:
“I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I‘m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then. Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me that day… ” (Joshua 14:10-12)
SO THE QUESTION IS: “Are you ‘CALEB’S CALIBER’ — like my friend Bob, who, in his old age, still chooses to believe God for new mountains to conquer?”
Or do you resemble the other 10 who shrank back in fear of the giants in the land?
“But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him… ” (Hebrews 10:38)