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Today’s 333 Devotional: “Aged Faith”
Caleb was 85 years old when he told Joshua, “Hey, I may be 85, but my strength hasn’t waned, especially my strength in God.” (Joshua 14:6-12 paraphrased)
Caleb and Joshua were the only two people out of the whole nation of Israel to believe in God and in His promises when they first came to the Promised Land. But because of the people’s unbelief they were forced to wander the wilderness for 40 years.
Now they were back and Caleb told Joshua that Moses promised him the land he spied out forty years prior because he had “fully followed the Lord.” (Joshua 14:9)
He said, “Behold, the Lord has kept me alive, as He said, these forty-five years, … and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old. As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in. Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the Lord spoke in that day … It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the Lord said.” (Joshua 14:10-12)
Wow, 85 and still going strong. Maybe like me you are growing older and the body parts don’t work as well as they once did, but we can still do mighty exploits for the Lord.
How, through faith in Jesus Christ! Our faith never grows old; rather it just ages, that is, it matures and gets stronger. And so while our bodies may not be as strong as they once were, our faith should be stronger than it ever was.
The Apostle Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
So don’t let your age (young or old), your gender (male or female), or your race (Jew or Gentile), keep you from fully following after God’s promises for you.
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