Week 9 Day
Life keeps moving on, don’t get left behind.
Joshua 14: So here I am today, eighty-five years old! 11 I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then. 12 Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me that day.
This is perhaps one of my most favorite passages from the Old Testament’s recounting of the early days of the nation of Israel. Here is Caleb, a man of whom God told Jacob, because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it. (ibid 14:24) Scripture tells us that Caleb was eighty five years old when he made this amazing declaration. He was not finished. He was the exemplar of holy boldness, trust in God and a willingness to reach out and take hold of God’s amazing promises.
We live in a time when any sort of regard for the elders among us is virtually non-existent. I’m sure many of the younger people around Caleb figured he was finished, waiting for death to take him. Sometimes I feel that way among the younger members of my own family. Well, I’ve got news for you. You’re not done yet. I have known many people over the last thirty years of ministry who have fought till the very moment of death to bring a testimony of the gospel of Jesus to anyone who would listen. One lady I ministered to on her deathbed was attended by someone who many would call an irascible old coot. She lived long enough to hear the old man’s testimony of the loving grace of Jesus poured out into his life which was also nearing an end. At that moment she looked at me with eyes that saw something other than the hospice room where she was staying and said, “Pastor, I think I’m finished. Do you think I can go home now?” As we three prayed together she slipped quietly into the arms of Jesus with the most beatific expression on her face that I have ever seen. She, like Caleb was strengthened by God to fulfill the plans of the Lord. (See Jeremiah 29:11)