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How Was Caleb Able To Fight Giants At 85?

When we read the Bible, and if we believe it, then Caleb, one of the 12 spies, began fighting giants at the age of 85.  In fact, Joshua gave him his choice of land.  Caleb chose the mountain country where the giants were hold up.  He wanted to take them on to finish out his life.  The question we have to ask ourselves is how was he able to do this?

The Bible doesn’t explicitly tell us.  We have to make some guesses and use some holy imagination to come up with some answers.

One is that Caleb stayed active his entire life.  Due to the disobedience of Israel, Caleb marched around the desert for forty years with the other Israelites.   He didn’t stop.  He didn’t sit down.  He didn’t retire.  He was ready for the challenge physically as he headed to  the mountains in the Promised Land.

Another possibility is his diet.  If you read Exodus and Leviticus, you notice that Israel was restricted on their diet.  They didn’t eat pork.  Not getting bacon sounds like a sin, but it had to be healthy.  There were lots of other restrictions, not to mention the manna and quail the Lord provided.

The final possibility is that it was simply the Lord.  An entire generation died and another rose up during the forty years.  Joshua and Caleb survived.  It may be that Caleb was simply preserved by the Lord for the task that he received.

Caleb went to fight giants at 85.  It may have been his activity.  It could have been his diet.  Either way, the Lord was involved.  He was ready and willing to climb the mountains and take on greater challenges that would give the Lord glory, even at 85.

Are you prepared to fight giants in your life?

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  1. August 27, 2014 at 6:14 am

    I’ve said it before but i want to go down fighting. I am 61, have a few more aches and pains than I used to have, but I am not ready to lay down my weapon yet. I want to be a Caleb.

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