About Micaiah's Middle Name: Caleb
"This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith."
1 John 5:4
Pronounciation: Kay' leb
Bible Story of Caleb: Joshua 14
The bibilcal picture of Caleb that often comes to mind is in connection with the event of sending the 12 men to spy out the land of Canaan. (See Numbers 13:17–33.) Upon their return, the majority reported very great walled cities, inhabitants "stronger than we" and even giants. Caleb, however, believed God's promise that He would put His people in possession of Canaan. Caleb said: "Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it." Numbers 13:30
Likewise God has promised us an heavenly inheritance—far supperior to Canaan. Yet there is a "conquering" that often appears to us ever as impossible as the conquest of Canaan. It is overcoming the sins that "so easily beset us." But we have the pledged word of God's promise: "We are more than conquerors through Him that loved us" for "greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world." Romans 8:37;
1 John 4:4
Sadly, the faith of all Israel staggered as they listened to the report of the majority. Forty more years they must wander in the wilderness. Caleb endured the disappointments and burdens of the guilty, but made no complaint. He testifies, "I wholly followed the LORD my God." Joshua 14:9
When at last Israel entered Canaan, only Caleb and Joshua were left from among their brethren who 40 years earlier had deemed the land unconquerable.
When Caleb had spied out the land, one place particularly enlisted his interest—a mountain where the giant sons of Anak dwelt in great and fenced cities. This was the place, above all others, that the other spies had thought it impossible to subdue.
Now at the age of 85, Caleb comes to Joshua with his request: "I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me. . . . Now therefore give me this mountain. . . . If so be the Lord will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the Lord said." Joshua 14:11, 12. The brave old warrior desired to give the people an example that would honor God and encourage them to full victory.
Caleb obtained the inheritance upon which his heart had been set for forty years. Trusting in God to be with him, he "drove thence the three sons of Anak." And still his zeal did not abate. He pushed on to further conquests for the benefit of the nation and the glory of God.
Caleb did not look at the difficulties to be encountered. He choose the biggest "mountain" for faith to remove. He focused on the strength of His Almighty Helper.
Hebron become his inheritance, the place where, in years to come, David would first reign as king.
Christ desires to reign as the king upon the throne of our hearts. We need faith like Caleb to lay hold upon Christ's power to help us conquer the greatest "mountains" in our lives. God promises to bless our faith and persevering efforts to have victory in our lives.
Ezekiel 36:24–28; 1 John 1:9; 1 Corinthians 15:57
A Pattern for Us:
We pray that Micaiah Caleb will believe God's promises and faithfully work with the Lord, encouraging many people that they too can be victorious and take possession of the heavenly Canaan.
Story of Micaiah's Birth
Through the birth of our baby, Micaiah Caleb,
God taught us many precious lessons. You can read them here.
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It was through faith that the ancient worthies "subdued kingdoms, . . . escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in flight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens." Hebrews 11:33, 34