Asking for Mountains
"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."
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 (Num. 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.