Look for Faithfulness, Desire for Growth in a Mentor

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), November 16, 1996 | Go to article overview

Look for Faithfulness, Desire for Growth in a Mentor


Byline: Rev. Zack D. Tuner is senior pastor of Faith Baptist Church of Lake County in Grayslake.

Have you ever looked for a spiritual mentor - someone who could give you encouragement, insight and coaching as you move through your own spiritual pilgrimage?

What qualities make for a good mentor? It is not enough to find someone who has been down the road of life further than you. You need someone who is still on the road, planning to make the entire trip.

The Bible (Joshua 14:6-12) records the story of a senior citizen named Caleb who displayed at least two qualities that should be on our list of what to look for in a mentor.

Someone with a proven track record of faithfulness.

We see the first quality reflected in his words, "I have followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly." Caleb is talking with Joshua, the leader of Israel. He is talking about a crisis of faith that he and Joshua had endured together 45 years earlier. Now at 85 years of age, he can look back with satisfaction because of a proven track record of faithfulness.

The crisis of faith that Caleb and Joshua endured took place just after the nation of Israel was delivered from slavery in Egypt. The nation was poised to re-enter the land that God had promised their forefathers. Joshua and Caleb were commissioned with 10 others to infiltrate the promised land and bring back a report.

When the group returned from their survey, they were divided in their evaluation of what the nation should do. All 12 of the spies were convinced that the land would make a perfect home. Ten of the spies concluded, however, that the people already living in the land would be impossible to conquer. Only two of the spies, Joshua and Caleb, were convinced that God would enable them to overcome the obstacles. In their opinion, the nation should move forward as directed by God. …

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