And now, behold, the Lord hath kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the Lord spake this word unto Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now, lo, I am this day fourscore and five years old. As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in. ~Joshua 14:10-11
Growing old in life is inevitable. As we attain a new age and age brackets, we sense our mortality, weaknesses, and frailties. As adults get into their 60’s, 70’s, and older, we tend to use advancing years as an excuse or answer for unavailability, weakness in performance, and avoidance of responsibility. We tend to use the line, “I’m getting old.” This morning, we are examining the life of Caleb. Caleb’s life teaches us how to stay young and never grow old.
People who never grow old have an undiminished VISION.
Caleb maintained fresh vision for claiming his land inheritance. After seeing the produce from Canaan as a young man on the survey mission, he was excited at the possibilities. He developed a vision for building a home for his family, developing farmland, growing his crops, and raising many animals. Vision gives you purpose. Vision gives you something great to look forward to. Vision is something you fight and die for. What kind of vision do you have for your life?
People who never grow old have an unimpaired VITALITY.
“As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in.” Caleb had the strength of a man half his age. He worked hard, lived by a disciplined schedule, did rigorous walks, climbed mountains, carried heavy loads, and kept himself mentally fit. Most of all, he kept a close walk with God, and had his inner man renewed day by day. People who stay young have lots of energy. They love life and remain busy and active. How’s your strength? Are you strong in the Lord and in the power of His might?
People who never grow old have an unmatched VALOR.
Caleb said, “Give me this mountain…” He went up that mountain to fight with the sons of Anak and take them down. He did not use old age as an excuse not to accomplish anything. He didn’t use other people for his benefit. He saw those giants and said, “Let me have ‘em!” His courage to take on the giants and stand his ground gave him a well-earned inheritance. As we get older, we tend to take fewer risks. Be courageous and keep exercising faith in God.
People who never grow old have an unsurpassed VOLITION.
“Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the Lord spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the Lord will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the Lord said.” Caleb’s will power for accomplishment was now at an all-time high. No one except God would prevent him from claiming his inheritance. He knew as long as God was on his side, he could do all through Christ! When you lose your desire to win, to get to the top of a mountain, to finish a race, or to beat the odds, you pretty much have said, “Life is meaningless!” David asked, “Is there not a cause?” People who are driven with a huge desire never grow old!
Yes, we will advance in age, but we do not have to grow old! Consider the traits that gave Caleb unusual youthfulness at 85, and never grow old!
Have a youthful God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Genesis 30-31