YOUNG AT HEART
Suggested Reading: Joshua 13-14
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Key Verse: Joshua 13:1
Now Joshua was old, advanced in years. And the Lord said to him: “You are old, advanced in years, and there remains very much land yet to be possessed…”
We know from our reading that Joshua’s spy partner, Caleb, was now 85. Joshua may have been older, perhaps 90. While in their 40’s, they had brought back a good report to Moses about Israel’s ability to move right away into the Promised Land.The great majority of the people did not believe them, and so they languished in the wilderness for almost 40 years more. But now, here they are setting boundaries for the land possessed by each tribe. It’s been said by farmers for centuries, “A good fence makes good neighbours.”
Caleb, at 85, speaks a classic line to his leader, Joshua: “Give me this mountain” (14:12). He is still not afraid to move forward in confidence. He still has a positive outlook on life, its challenges and opportunities. How could this be at his age? The answer is in these words (14:14b): “He wholly followed the Lord God of Israel.” The ancestors of Goliath were on that mountain. Taking over this land was no easy task. As Winston Churchill, already an old man when he took on Hitler said, “Never, never, never give up!”
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, when I read the story of Caleb or think of Britain’s WW2 leader, Churchill, I feel empowered to go forward. I ask for your healing and sustaining presence for every minute. I need You Lord. Dear Jesus, You took on Mt. Calvary, and won the greatest victory by far through Your Cross. You finished the work You were called to do. I purpose in my heart to never give up. I expect You to be with me as You promised. In Your Name, Jesus, I pray, Amen! (click here for Matt. 28:16-20).
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
Joshua agreed to Caleb’s vision for the future. I believe that my Joshua, “Yeshua” in Hebrew, and “Jesus” in Greek, has responded to my desire to stay busy for Him, for my family, for the good of my precious brothers and sisters, for the whole family of God, and for those who don’t know Him yet as Saviour and Lord. This is why, since my official retirement, I’ve produced and hosted two TV series, which continue to be released on air on CTS in Canada. The first was Really Good Medicine and the second, A Living Witness to Amazing Grace. Today I fly to the Mayo cancer research center in Phoenix, Arizona. I have no intention of giving in to self pity, a defeatist attitude, or any kind of depression. With Jesus living within, how could it be otherwise? And then, my wife Norma-Jean absolutely refuses to tolerate any negative talk. Thanks to many readers who’ve promised prayer on my behalf. I’ve just searched for encouragement in www.crossroads360.com and came up with my son Ron and his “Encouragement for Seniors” video (click here). I found this under the heading “Courage.”
Yours for moving forward boldly in this life and then on into eternity with confidence in Christ!