Joshua 14:6-14 - Asking for Mountains.

Joshua 14:6-14 - Asking for Mountains.

Joshua 14:6-14 - Hebron Given to Caleb.

Caleb was faithful from the start. As one of the original scouts 
sent into the Promised Land (Numbers 13:30-33), he saw great cities 
and giants, yet he knew God would help the people conquer the land. 
Because of Caleb's faith, God promised him a personal inheritance of 
land (Numbers 14:24; Deuteronomy 1:34-36). Here, 45 years later, the 
land was given to him. Caleb's faith was still unwavering. Although 
his inherited land still had giants, Caleb knew the Lord would help 
him conquer them. Like Caleb, we must be faithful to God, not only 
at the start of our walk with him, but throughout our entire lives. 
We must never allow ourselves to rest on our past accomplishments 
or reputations. [Life Application SB re Jos. 14:6-12] 

  What was the secret to Caleb's faith? He persevered. Caleb 
refused to go with the majority opinion when it contradicted what he 
knew to be God's will. Because of his faithfulness to the will and 
purposes of God, Caleb never lost his spiritual edge. He had to endure 
forty years of desert wandering before he could enter the Promised 
Land, yet he never doubted God's ability to carry through on his 
  You've begun a spiritual walk with the Lord that will last the 
rest of your life. You will face "desert" times that might cause you 
to doubt God's promises. Like Caleb, stand for God's truth, no 
matter what the rest of the crowd says. Like Caleb, trust God to carry 
through on his promises. [The One Year Bible for New Believers re Jos. 

Even today God is honoring promises he made thousands of years 
ago. In fact, some of his greatest promises are yet to be fulfilled. 
This gives us much to look forward to. Let your faith grow as you 
realize that God keeps his word. [Life Application SB re Jos. 14:6-12] 

  Caleb's faith in God never wavered though everyone around him 
doubted. God convinced Caleb that the children of Israel should enter the 
Promised Land, but the people were intimidated by giants and fortified 
cities (Nu 13:28-33). Their disbelief forced Caleb to wait forty years 
in the wilderness before he finally entered the Promised Land. Even 
after all those years, Caleb was as confident as ever in God's power. 
  When God was dividing the land among the Israelites, the 
people were asking for the lush valleys and grassy plains. Caleb asked 
for a mountain. The Israelites had driven their enemies into the 
mountains, where they had built fortresses. This did not intimidate 
Caleb--he asked for a challenge! He did not trust in his own strength but 
in God's presence. Caleb longed to see God work in power, and he 
knew he would be less likely to rely on God if he dwelt in the easy 
places. He chose a situation in which he would have to trust in God. 
Caleb knew his inheritance from God was on the mountain. He refused to 
allow the difficulty of gaining it to stop him from enjoying all that 
God had promised him.  
  If you always choose the easy way, asking for the peaceful 
valleys, you will never see God's power displayed to enable you to take a 
mountain. Seek out the mountains, and you will witness God doing things 
through your life that can be explained only by His mighty presence. 
[Experiencing God Day by Day by Henry and Richard Blackaby re Jos. 14:12] 

Ancient Words - Ever True