Living Word Devotional

ZEAL

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. —Joshua 14:12

Caleb, at the age of 85 years said to Joshua, “Give me this mountain”. He was zealous, hopeful and forward-looking. He wasn’t afraid. He had no thought of retirement. There was still the unfinished work.

We should desire the same zeal as Caleb, the zeal to get up every morning and say, “Thank you Lord for such a blessed day. I am available. I am ready. Give me new opportunities. Give me the mountain.” That is the way we should live each and every day not living in the past, not looking over our shoulders at the good old days, but instead looking to challenges and opportunities in the day ahead.

Caleb asked for a treacherous area known as Hebron, near Kadesh Barnea where he first spied out the land 40 years earlier. It was occupied by formidable enemies. Yet he knew that He that was with him was greater than his enemies. He never forgot that Moses promised it to him. It was also the place where God spoke to Abraham face-to-face and gave him the promise of the land it! The first place. And since it had been promised to him by God, he was going to possess it. While others were looking back, Caleb was looking forward, and that is an essential key to victory.

Prayer: Ask the Lord to renew your faith and strength to subdue all your challenges and achieve great things for His glory.

Scriptural Reading: Joshua 14:6-15

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