Snapshots: Day 129
The Snapshot: “here I am today, eighty-five years old! 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.” (Josh 14:10,11) What an incredible testimony, claim and challenge from Caleb to his old compatriot who had been with him all those years back when the two had returned full of faith from spying out the Land. Our call, of course, is not physical warfare but spiritual, but how many Christians know of such things today? When was the last time you heard a sermon on spiritual warfare, on battling in the heavenlies against spiritual enemies, of using the armour of God (Eph 6) and the weapons of our warfare that have the power to destroy strongholds (2 Cor 10:4)? Perhaps we have much to claim back.
Further Consideration: Two old men, Joshua and Caleb, the only two of the twelve who had come those forty-plus years back with a good report after spying out the Land, a report that was faith filled. Caleb had been a leader in Judah (Num 13:6), the one who had silenced the others in their unbelief (Num 13:30) and together with Joshua had spoken against the people’s disquiet (Num 14:6-9) and was commended by the Lord (Num 14:24,30) and thus survived (Num 14:37,38) when the other ten died of plague. A faith-filled warrior, what a combination!
So when we look at his declaration above, at the age of eighty-five, it is not just the bragging of an old man, it is a statement of faith that he is still as able today to do the Lord’s will in clearing the land as he had been all those years back.
So it doesn’t really matter what age we are now but can we ask very gently, have we maintained that same level of love and faith and zeal as we exhibited when we were younger? There is always that terrible challenge to the church at Ephesus that we find in Revelation, “You’ve lost your first love.” (Rev 2:4) and the equally bad challenge to Sardis who were told to wake up (Rev 3:2), that warn us that it is so easy to lose what we once had. Oh, I’m too busy, (and if we’re aging) I’m not as strong as I once was, things keep going wrong with me, you can’t expect us to be full of energy like we once were! Read those words alongside the words of Caleb and he shames us.
We may get older and decline physically, but does that mean we lose our spiritual energy? It is when we let the new ways of the word make us feel out of date, out of touch, that we let the enemy weaken us. Removal of physical strength doesn’t mean we stop praying, stop being open to the Lord, stop being available to reach out with words of encouragement and hope to whoever. We still have voices and if they can match a strong heart, they will be voices that still impact the world for good and for God. May it be so.