Caleb drove thence the three sons of Anak.
How our Lord longs for spiritually mature young men and women today! Men and women strong in heart, strong in character, strong in purity. Do you want to know the secret of a strong life? Here it is. Caleb wholly followed the Lord, and so could say, ‘I am strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me.’ At eighty-five years of age Caleb could ‘go out’ and ‘come in’ to war.
Indeed, it is recorded that ‘Caleb drove thence the three sons of Anak.’ Those three sons of Anak may well represent all that is opposed to ‘the love of the Father.’ What John calls ‘the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.’
Moral decay and delinquency in our land is threatening our very civilisation. The worst thing about it is that this condition of things is making its incursion into the Church. This giant of worldly perversions, ‘the lust of the flesh’, is forcing his way into the very lives of Christian young men and women.
Caleb, however, conquered this by the power of a faithful life of surrender. The second giant we shall call worldly pleasure, ‘the lust of the eyes’. The world has gone mad after pleasure; and our young men are being caught up into the vortex of materialism and worldliness.
How can they be delivered? Caleb overcame because he wholly followed the Lord. He defeated also the biggest of the giants, worldly prominence, ‘the pride of life’, that jealous self-life which asserts itself and likes to be paraded and publicised inside and outside of the Church.
Do you know victory over this giant? Caleb did, because he followed faithfully the Lord his God. – Stephen F. Olford: Faithful Following, 1949
– Daily Thoughts From Keswick.