“And Joshua blessed him, and he delivered Hebron to him as a possession.” These words are written about what Caleb realized after his days of patience. Those days lasted 45 years. These are fast times we live in today, days when only the immediate, the win now, matters most to people. Trials are accepted if they are short, pain acknowledged and treated quickly is also acceptable; suffering yes, lest we suffer too long or live in pain beyond four Ibuprofen; then, it becomes something for others to deal with. At 40, Caleb trusted God and followed him, at 85, Caleb received the answer to God’s promise. Has technology made God respond different toward men?
We’ve all heard that it is never good thing to waste a crises; or was it in the book of James we learned that God loves us too much to waste our pain.
Oswald Chambers wrote, ‘When God wants to drill a man, and thrill a man, and skill a man, when God wants to mold a man to play the noblest part. When God yearns with all his heart to create so great and bold a man, that all the world should be amazed, watch God’s methods, watch God’s ways: How he ruthlessly perfects whom He royally elects; how he hammers him and hurts him and with mighty blows converts him into shapes and forms of clay; which only God can understand. While man’s tortured heart is crying and he lifts beseeching hands; yet God bends but never breaks when man’s good He undertakes. How He uses whom he chooses, and with mighty power infuses him, with every act induces him to try his splendor out, God knows what he’s about…’
Caleb told Joshua that he was, as strong for battle today, as he was 45 years younger and he wanted the mountain country where the giants lived. Balzy, wouldn’t you say.
There are some things you just can’t learn fast; like laying a #18 dry perfectly on a picture glass backwater to a sipping trout; or making love on your anniversary, it is time and practice that make perfect. Surround yourself with the memories of your trials, shy away from the whining those days brought forth, cling instead to their memory of testing, cause in those days, His mighty blows refined you. It says in Isaiah, “Youths will grow weary and faint”; at the age of 85 they said Caleb was heard singing “I’m gonna climb that mountain, I’m gonna climb, I’m gonna climb, I’m gonna knock that giant down, every time, every time”. Ain’t it so.