by Sandy Kirby Quandt
In Christine Caine’s book, Unexpected, she relates the story of Caleb showing it is never too late to do what God calls us to.
Right now in this season of my life, I’ve questioned whether it’s time to move on past certain dreams I’ve long held, or keep pressing on. Christine’s recounting of Caleb pressing on even into his eighties proves it’s never too late to pursue the call God has on our life.
We remember Caleb as one of two spies who, along with Joshua, entered the Promised Land, saw the giants, and announced, “No problem. With God on our side, we can take them. Those giants are gonna fall.”
Unfortunately, the people believed the fearful accounts of the other ten spies, refused to take the land, and wandered for another forty years in the wilderness.
During all those wilderness years, he kept believing. And he kept himself vitally alive — spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally — eager to possess what God had promised him. Over the course of four decades, he never let go of the promise that Hebron was his. His attitude was all in — he looked to the future with nothing but hope and courage.
Caleb never quit. He refused to allow himself to stop believing he’d reach the Promised Land, even after four decades of trying. He refused to sit back and rest on previous victories. He held firm to the belief it was never too late to see God’s promise fulfilled.
When Caleb was eighty-five years of age, Joshua gave him the land of Hebron as the Lord commanded. But first Caleb had to drive out three clans of the descendants of Anak. That fierce giant who stopped the Israelites from entering forty years earlier.
Caleb was prepared to take his rightful place in the Promised Land.
He put in the hard work to reach it.
He didn’t give up when opposition pressed against him.
He could have retired and let others fight the battles, but he didn’t.
He fought for his Promised Land.
How willing are we to keep fighting and truly believe it’s never too late to accomplish all God’s called us to?
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As the Lord commanded Joshua, part of the territory of Judah was given to Caleb son of Jephunneh, from the tribe of Judah. He received Hebron, the city belonging to Arba, father of Anak. Caleb drove the descendants of Anak out of the city—the clans of Sheshai, Ahiman, and Talmai. Joshua 15:13-14 (GNT)
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