Mountain boots or carpet slippers?


So Hebron has belonged to Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite ever since,
because he followed the Lord, the God of Israel, wholeheartedly. Joshua 14v16

There is a lovely conversation between the two faithful spies, Joshua and Caleb, recorded some 45 years after their expedition to spy out the land, under Moses. Caleb, as a leader in the tribe of Judah, approaches Joshua and asks him to give him the plot of land (he walked on as a spy), that Moses promised him. He declares to Joshua “So here I am today, eighty-five years old! I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then!”

Evangelism is an engagement in spiritual warfare. It is physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually tiring. No doubt, many of us feel that exhaustion. How can we go on? At times, the battle seems too much.

As I reflected on Caleb, I thought about a man who could have spent his life in frustration, anger and self-pity – “If only they had listened to me, we would have been settled in the land, and I could be sitting in my rocking chair watching the great grandchildren play in my fields!” But no. Faithful every step of the way. Only he and Joshua of the men over eighteen years old when they left Egypt, entered the promised land. And Caleb was still following God wholeheartedly, and was as strong and vigorous, ready for battle at eighty-five as he was at forty!

As Counties evangelist, Victor Jack, recently said to me “He was a man asking for his mountain boots, not his carpet slippers!”

None of us have the promise of tomorrow, let alone the guarantee of eighty-five years or more. But my heart’s desire for me, and prayer for you, is that we might be found in later life, following the LORD wholeheartedly, strong, and ready for battle!


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