Caleb’s Strength

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Caleb was not ready to retire. Even though he was eighty-five years old, he was not inactive, or experiencing deteriorating health. In fact, he was looking for more opportunities to serve.

Describing his health, he used two Hebrew words with related meanings. First, he was “strong.” The Hebrew word indicates power, might, firmness, and the ability to engage in warfare. He also described his “strength,” with a word indicating vigor and ability, power and might.

How similar this is to the description of Moses just before his death, for although one hundred twenty years told, “His eyes were not dim nor his natural vigor diminished” (Deuteronomy 34:7).

These men provide examples of the blessings available to those who seek and serve the Lord at any age. Both had been through forty years in the desert. Both had stressful jobs, as leaders of their people. But in spite of many hardships, both remained strong, healthy, and active.

In sharp contrast, the men who refused to go forward into the Promised Land all died before they could enter the land (Numbers 14:23). But God’s blessing was on Caleb (and Joshua, who also had been faithful to God).

The Bible tells us that God promises abundant blessings for those who serve Him, who obey His Word and live according to His principles. In fact, He promised “length of days and long life and peace” to those who do not forget His law, and who keep His commands (Proverbs 3:1-2 NKJV).

Remember that God has given you His promises for your benefit. Seek to live according to His Word, believing Him for abundant blessings.