“Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the Lord spoke in that day; for you heard in that day how the Anakim were there, and that the cities were great and fortified. It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the Lord said.”
“Give me this mountain,” the 85-year-old Caleb said. He wasn’t afraid. He had no thought of retirement. He wasn’t headed for Leisure World. There was still the unfinished task.
There is no retirement from the Christian life or the spiritual battle. God may give us the privilege, like Caleb, of living to be 85 or more. Or He may not. But we should want the same zeal as Caleb, the zeal to get up every morning and say, “What’s ahead? I am available. I am ready. Give me this mountain.” That is the way we should live each and every day—not living in the past, not looking over our shoulders at the good old days, but instead looking ahead to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.
Caleb asked for a treacherous area known as
This is the place Caleb longed for and received. While others were looking back, Caleb was looking forward. And that is an essential key to spiritual longevity: you need to always be moving forward, always seeking to grow spiritually—and never looking back.
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