I like a good challenge. It gets my mind working and my blood pumping. I wake up with purpose in the morning, and it is easier to focus. When I don’t have something that is challenging the opposite can be true. Sometimes I am like Caleb, and I ask God “Give me a challenge.”
Now give me this hill country the Lord promised me on that day because you heard then that the Anakim are there, as well as large fortified cities. Perhaps the Lord will be with me, and I will drive them out as the Lord promised.
World’s Most Interesting Man
Caleb is one of the most intriguing characters in the Bible. Part of Israel when they came out of Egypt he wasn’t fully Jewish, yet he lived for God his whole life and had incredible faith. He was one of the two spies who said that God could give them the promised land. For that, he and Joshua were the only two who came out of Egypt to enter. When they finally had taken the land captive, he asked for land that was the most difficult and told Joshua “Give me a challenge!” He was eighty-five years old when he said that.
His God was bigger and mightier than anything that could come at him. He chose the hill country where the Anakim were. These were the ancestors of Goliath; they were giants. That didn’t phase Caleb he went after it. No challenge was too big.
Made in God’s Image
How often do you shy away from life’s challenges? When things get hard, do you run for shelter? That is not the way that God designed us. We are made in His image, and His Spirit is inside of us. There is no weapon formed that can defeat and the gates of hell can’t prevail. Why do we cower in fear so often? Our cry should be “Give me a challenge! Let me take that mountain.”