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After the walls of Jericho fell, and the Israelites had entered into the promise land and began to fight and overtake their enemies, the time came for Joshua to start giving each tribe the portion of the land the Lord had set apart for their inheritance. As I read through Joshua 14 yesterday morning, an interesting point arose. Caleb came before Joshua and made the following speech:
“You know what the Lord promised Moses the man of God at Kadesh-barnea about you and me. I was 40 years old when Moses the Lord’s servant sent me from Kadesh-barnea to scout the land, and I brought back an honest report. My brothers who went with me caused the people’s hearts to melt with fear, but I remained loyal to the Lord my God. On that day Moses promised me,
‘The land where you have set foot will be an inheritance for you and your descendants forever, because you have remained loyal to the Lord my God.’
“As you see, the Lord has kept me alive [these] 45 years as He promised, since the Lord spoke this word to Moses while Israel was journeying in the wilderness. Here I am today, 85 years old. I am still as strong today as I was the day Moses sent me out. My strength for battle and for daily tasks is now as it was then. Now give me this hill country the Lord promised [me] on that day, because you heard then that the Anakim are there, as well as large fortified cities. Perhaps the Lord will be with me and I will drive them out as the Lord promised.”
Wow! Caleb was honest and remained loyal and yet he still had to wait 40 years to receive what God had promised. Then, when it came time to receive his inheritance he did not ask for the choicest piece of land. Instead, Caleb requests for the land that still needs conquering. Caleb is not content to just sit back and say he has paid his dues and will ride out the rest of this life into eternity with his legs kicked up in the recliner. No, he chooses to keep his sword up and to continue learning to rely on the Lord and follow His will. What an attitude to have at the age of 85!
Oh, may we too have this mindset. It’s the older lady at church carrying her iPad and googling stuff she has questions about in her bible study. The older men making house visits to share the joy of the Lord to the people. The grandparents reading their Bible and praying for their families. The mindset that we are never too old to be used by God and never too old to stop learning.
Today, may we join God in the abundant life He has for each of us no matter what stage of life we find ourselves.