Caleb clearly encountered God throughout his life. He believed God at His word. He trusted God’s promises and followed God’s instructions. When facing giants, Caleb drew courage from God, made that courage real, and then lived out God’s call in his life with the courage God gave him. Remember, the people of Anak were the same giants who terrified the Israelites enough to keep them from entering the promised land.
According to the commandment of the LORD to Joshua, he gave to Caleb the son of Jephunneh a portion among the people of Judah, Kiriath-arba, that is, Hebron (Arba was the father of Anak). (Joshua 15:13 ESV)
At 85 years old, Caleb was as strong and courageous as he was in his earlier years. Now, he is ready to take over the land that frightened off his entire generation of peers. Caleb would reclaim that land for God. Caleb was walking together with God.
Caleb knew, though, that 85 years young also meant less than 85 years left. God had already limited our time to 120 years by this point. It is great to walk together with God, but that only lasts here as long as we live here. Caleb knew this. So, he began building a courageous walk into more.
And he went up from there against the inhabitants of Debir. Now the name of Debir formerly was Kiriath-sepher. And Caleb said, "Whoever strikes Kiriath-sepher and captures it, to him will I give Achsah my daughter as wife." And Othniel the son of Kenaz, the brother of Caleb, captured it. And he gave him Achsah his daughter as wife. When she came to him, she urged him to ask her father for a field. And she got off her donkey, and Caleb said to her, "What do you want?" She said to him, "Give me a blessing. Since you have given me the land of the Negeb, give me also springs of water." And he gave her the upper springs and the lower springs. (Joshua 15:15-19 ESV)
How about you? Do you encounter God, make that God-encounter real, and live out God’s call? Do you walk together with God? Do you want that walk to last here longer than your lifetime? Do you build a courageous walk into others? Do you encourage one more?