“And they gave Hebron unto Caleb, as Moses said: and he expelled thence the three sons of Anak” (Judges 1:20).TEXT — Judges 1:9-20
The palm tree is one of God’s natural gifts to man that symbolises strength, victory, triumph, peace, fruitfulness and durability. When the Bible talks about the upright, they are sometimes likened to the palm tree, because of the versatility and nobility of the plant. There are few forest species in existence that combine these qualities all at once. Palm trees easily outlive several generations of men.
The Lord made His servant Caleb to endure like a palm tree. After his unwavering walk with the Lord in the books of Numbers and Joshua, we find him again in the book of Judges. With his faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob still intact after the Lord Himself had testified to his fidelity, Caleb yet enjoyed the fulfilment of divine promises. In his old age, his strength did not wane. He laboured in battles for God’s people, won Hebron for Judah and “expelled thence the three sons of Anak”.
To possess the stability that withstands the vicissitudes of life and ministry, we must be as fruitful, sturdy and unmovable as the palm tree. “The righteous (those who believe in the Lord and obey His laws) shall flourish like the palm tree… They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; To shew that the LORD is upright…”
Today, the kingdom of God urgently needs more Calebs. There are more “Hebrons” to be won; and there are several thousands of the children of Anak to be ousted for the power of Satan to be demolished. We must go to God to fill us with “another spirit” that would qualify us for lasting work for Him that would stand through the ages.
Thought for the day
Only the righteous can be gifted the elastic energy to displace the enemies of God.
- in one year
- 1 CHRONICLES 5 – 8