As we look forward to what’s in store for us, we must keep our minds fixed on the road ahead. We have a great destiny in the Lord. Here’s a wonderful quote from an Old Testament saint.
“Now then, just as the LORD promised, he has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time he said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the desert. So 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. Now give me this hill country that the LORD promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but, the LORD helping me, I will drive them out just as he said.”
You would think some young soldier spoke these words. Maybe someone fresh out of boot camp and ready for a battle. The hill country of Israel is rough terrain, especially when in a war for the possession of it.
But Caleb, the man who spoke up, was 85 years old. His attitude is remarkable. He wasn’t content to let someone younger do the work. He wasn’t one to say, “It’s time for me to sit back and relax.”
On the contrary, Caleb was ready to fight for what was promised to him.
I’m glad that there’s no age limit in the Kingdom of God. We need to see that we will not be put out to pasture when we reach a certain age. I want to serve God faithfully with every breath I have.
As someone in their 50’s, I see each new year as a blessing that must not be squandered. That being said, if you’re younger, then time should be even more precious to you.
Caleb didn’t sit on the couch for 70 years then finally get up ready for a fight. He was actively walking in the plan of God his whole life. We need to cultivate the same attitude.
Obtaining the blessings and promises of God require faith, patience and consistency. Knowing this, we must harden our faith now – so that when we reach our elder years, we’ll continue on spiritually stronger than when we started.
Take the time at the beginning of this new year, to establish the path of your life in the direction God has for you. Commit your future to the Lord and purpose in your heart to finish the race strong.
We may not know what’s ahead of us in the coming year. But we do know the God that we serve, and the exciting path He is sure to lead us on.
Have a blessed New Year!!!
Question: What are you trusting God for in this new year?
© Nick Zaccardi 2014