Thursday, February 2, 2012


Climb of faith!

Verse for Today: Thursday, February 02, 2012

Joshua 14:13 – Then Joshua blessed Caleb son of Jephunneh and gave him Hebron as his inheritance.

Hebron has become an inheritance of Caleb because of his faith, courage and trust in the Lord when he went to explore the land of Canaan. It was promised to him by Moses forty five years back. All these years since he received the promise, he kept it renewed in his heart and looked forward to appropriating it. Hebron has been thus a guiding light for Caleb. He focused his heart on Hebron and reminded Joshua about Hebron as his privileged place of faith. Hebron gave Caleb an opportunity to renew his faith and trust in the Lord for caliber to climb the hilly country by faith. It required determination, strength, courage, zeal and the desire to attain. He also made a claim for Hebron on the basis of a promise he obtained. His old age was no deterrent for him to claim Hebron which required climbing by faith. His strong faith was sufficient to circumvent all the possible hindrances in appropriating Hebron. Caleb stands out as a great example for us today as we endeavor to climb higher levels of faith. He teaches us prioritization and motivation as two great qualities required in us to live a life of faith. His faith is as solid as it was when he went to explore the land. Age has not diminished or dwindled his faith. His zeal has become more intense in appropriating Hebron because he had the desire to get the best that God has earmarked for him. Caleb points us to the need for greater zeal and determination to live at a higher plateau of faith as years go by. Instead of getting cold or lukewarm in our faith, we should exercise greater trust in the Lord and say with Caleb that we would certainly want to climb the higher echelons of faith as days go by.

Dear friend, how is your zeal for the Lord today? Is your desire and love for the Lord as intense as it was when you first met Him and accepted Him as your Savior? Remember the excitement you had when you got saved! Has your desire for the Lord grown considerably or has become diluted because it got mixed with the world? Are you able to exercise greater faith in the promises of the Lord today than ever before? Are you satisfied with the mundane or is there a growing desire for you to grow stronger in your faith? Remember, if you have the desire, the Lord will give you the strength to climb mountains like Hebron. Experiences in Hebron will lead you to more intense fellowship with the Lord. Remember how Abraham chose Hebron, of all the places, to dwell and worship! The Lord is available for you today to claim greater nearness and more intense fellowship with Him. You have the opportunity to taste and see the depth of the sweetness of the Lord if you have the motivation. He wants to draw closer to you and has promised that if you seek Him with your whole heart, soul and life, you will find closer fellowship with Him. He wants you to possess the tenacity to stick to your privilege as a child of God in reaching higher levels of love and devotion with Him. It is your desire for Him that will make you seek after Him like a panting deer. Today the intimate fellowship with your Lord at Hebron is available to you if you are willing to avail it by faith. You might find Anakites there whom you will be able to defeat by faith and possess it for you to worship your Lord. As you climb higher, you will have to leave all worldly attractions and priorities at the bottom of the hill and get yourself separated from it all. When you reach the top, you will certainly find the climb worth the initiative.

Genesis 13:18 – So Abram moved his tents and went to live near the great trees of Mamre at Hebron, where he built an alter to the Lord.

Thought for Today

Your craving for God will drive you to overcome all hindrances, burdens and entanglements and to live in Hebron in tents by faith to continue to be occupied with Him.

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