Caleb is a walking testament to the faithfulness of God. At eighty-five, he was still strong, still capable of trusting God to bring victory in the midst of a culture of unbelief. He spent forty years wandering in the desert because the Israelites were afraid of the Anakites- the giants in the land. Now, when he could be planning a well-deserved rest from his labors, he has bigger vision.
Caleb wants the city of the Giant. The biggest, baddest of all those that Israel feared was targeted by the aged Caleb. Caleb wanted his mountain, his city. With God's help, he would take it so that it would never be a stumbling-block to Israel again. May God give us that kind of courage in our day!
Here are some lessons we can learn from Caleb:
1. Let us not speak of a good and broad land as a land of fear and poverty.
2. Let us not speak of our own abilities as the only possible source for our deliverance.
3. Let us be strong and do exploits so that God's work might be commended to the next generations.