Never Too Late

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.

Christine says:

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)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Let God Fight Your Battles

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

I’m in the middle of Joyce Meyer’s Let God Fight Your Battles, and thought I’d share some of what I’ve read so far.

Right off Joyce states we’ll all face storms of life, but God has a plan to bring us victory. The battle is the Lord’s. While we stand in the midst of the battle and let God fight for us, Joyce suggests we worship God.

Fear is a huge battle for many of us.

Fear of the mountains and giants we face. Fear of the unknown. Fear of the known. Health fears. Financial fears. Safety fears. Fears for our family. Fears for our country.

And for those of us who have recently experienced major weather events, or are in the midst of them, there is fear of the rain, the fire, the mud, the ice, the wind, the snow …

Opportunities to fear abound.

Joyce continued by saying in the midst of all this, however, we need to realize each and every fear we experience comes from Satan. The father of all lies. He knows fear keeps us from going forward in God’s will and experiencing God’s good for our life.

He also knows which thoughts to plant in our minds that will trigger our fears.

Another thing Joyce said is when we understand God’s unconditional love for us, we realize he will always take care of everything that concerns us. Knowing that truth delivers us from fear.

Sounds oh so simple, and it is, but why do I continue to have trouble with this area of my life?

Maybe it goes back to what Jesus said about us needing to have a childlike faith?

When we were children, didn’t most of us trust that our parents had our best interest at heart, and would do their very best to protect us from all the things that went bump in our night?

Once we grow up, I believe we lose a bit of that innocent trust. Yet, God cares for us even more than our parents did. More than we, as parents, care for our children.

I’m sure I’ll gain more from this book, but for now, this is enough to cogitate on, don’t you think?

Is fear something you struggle to overcome? If so, what helps you stand back and let God fight your battles?

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He has a great army, but they are all mere men, while we have the Lord our God to fight our battles for us!” This greatly encouraged them. 2 Chronicles 32:8 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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