YOUNG AT HEART
Today's Reading: Joshua 13-14
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." 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 found in today's reading, "He wholly followed the Lord God of Israel." The ancestors of Goliath were on that mountain. Taking over this land was no easy task.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, when we read the story of Caleb we feel empowered to go forward. We need You, Lord. Dear Jesus, You won the greatest victory by far through Your Cross. You finished the work You were called to do. We purpose in our hearts to never give up. We expect You to be with us as You promised. In Your Name, Jesus, we pray, Amen!
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