Now look. The LORD has kept me alive, exactly as he promised. It is forty-five years since the LORD spoke about this to Moses. It was while Israel was journeying in the desert. Now look. Today I’m 85 years old. I’m just as strong today as I was the day Moses sent me out. My strength then was as my strength is now, whether for war or for everyday activities. So now, give me this highland that the LORD promised me that day. True, the Anakim are there with large fortified cities, as you yourself heard that day. But if the LORD is with me, I should be able to remove them, exactly as the LORD promised.”
So Joshua blessed him. He gave Hebron to Caleb, Jephunneh’s son, as a legacy. So Hebron still belongs to Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite as a legacy today. This was because he remained loyal to the LORD God of Israel. (Joshua 14:10-14 CEB)
That’s Caleb, 85 years old after 45 years of war asking for the land that he was promised. Caleb is 20 years past retirement. Asking Joshua that having conquered everywhere else if he could please take the hardest place in the land as his own. With the belief that he is still strong enough whether it be for war or everyday activities Caleb is willing and ready to take what he was promised.
More than leaving a mark, greater than an impact. Caleb is looking to leave a legacy. The reason he is able to leave this legacy is purely because Caleb has been “loyal to the God of Israel.”
It’s a wonderful reminder that you a never too old to be loyal to God. Never too old to do something remarkable. Perhaps it’s the 45 years of loyalty to the mission of Jesus that makes you the perfect person to take the fortified highlands.