Weekent Thought by Jean Chisholm

There is a man written about in the Bible whose name is Caleb.

It was Caleb who went with Joshua and a number of other spies into the land that God had promised his people after Moses had escaped from Egypt.

Joshua and Caleb were in favour of the move but the other spies were not.

This meant that the Israelites were going to have to make their way through the desert to find the promised land. It was to take them 40 years.

Caleb had been made a promise by Moses that a piece of land was to be given to him. He had been promised it when he was 40 years old.

During the 40 years in the desert, he had fought bravely as the Israelites had to face many armies but Caleb was loyal to God.

At the age of 85, Caleb went to Joshua and asked for the award Moses had promised when he was 40. He had been a faithful soldier for 45 years.

There had been no retirement for Caleb. There were still things he wanted to do and he was still as strong as ever.

He asked Joshua for the mountain he had been promised by Moses. You can read the story in Joshua chapter 14, verses 6-15.

Joshua granted Caleb his request and he inherited Hebron, driving from it the three sons of Anak.

We are promised a place in heaven. We can know that, at whatever age we are, when our sins are forgiven and we become a member of God’s family, that we can be certain of being welcomed into his home, as we read Jesus’ promise in the New Testament in John, chapter 14.

He taught his disciples how to pray and we can pray, too.