Monday, August 1, 2011

                                                         He Did What?

Many think that once you reach retirement age you're done. What you really need to do, they say, is to take it easy, travel, don't push so hard and live the good life. As we will see in our study today, the Bible never gives such advice or example. Those who really made a difference for good lived their lives flat out, never stopping and pushed all the way through the finish line.
In Joshua chapter 14 we come across a very interesting character. His name is Caleb. You might remember him as one of the original spies sent in by Moses in Numbers 13. When they came back only 2 of the spies had a favorable report. Caleb was one and Joshua was the other.
As a result Caleb was promised the tract of land he searched out. But he had to wait for 45 yrs before he could take possession. That is long time.
But when the time came he was ready. Verse 10 says that Caleb was 85 yrs old and that he was just as strong at that age as when he first saw the land. How could that happen? Well God preserved the promise and preserved the man for the promise. He did this because Caleb had wholly followed the Lord his God.
These are remarkable statements from an 85 yr old man. But if think that is something consider what he says next. "Now give me this mountain of which the Lord spoke in that day; for you heard in that day how the Anakim (giants) were there and that the cities were great and fortified. It will that the Lord will be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the Lord said."
Just think of that. Caleb, the 85 yr old giant killer and mountain climber. And all because he took God at his word. He wholly followed the Lord his God. Caleb believed God. He just simply said that God said it, and He always means what He says, and this time is no different.
Caleb and his children left that discussion with Joshua and took the land just as had been promised. Adrian Rogers said " Caleb went up that mountain with a sword in his hand and the tittle deed in his pocket." Verse 14 says 'Hebron became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this day, because he wholly followed the Lord God of Israel.'
So don't let anyone tell you that you're all washed up. If God is not through then neither are you. God always keeps his promises. Even to old mountain climbers like you and me.

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