Joshua 14:10-11 “10 ‘Now behold, the Lord has let me live, just as He spoke, these forty-five years, from the time that the Lord spoke this word to Moses, when Israel walked in the wilderness; and now behold, I am eighty-five years old today. 11 I am still as strong today as I was in the day Moses sent me; as my strength was then, so my strength is now, for war and for going out and coming in.’”
Forty-five years have passed since Joshua and Caleb and the other ten spies had gone into the land of Canaan at Moses’ command to bring back a report of the land. Of course, you know that only Joshua and Caleb said, “Let’s go!” The other ten, whom I bet you can’t name, were scared and discouraged the people.
Now here we are at the same spot, ready to enter the land. Caleb steps up to Joshua and says, “I’m ready again! I am still strong and can fight. Let’s go!” He’s eighty-five! But God has sustained him all these years in the wilderness. Age is relative. God can give anyone the strength and power if He chooses. And because Caleb had been obedient and faithful, God empowered him.
The next time your children come in from a long day of play and fall out on the couch or the floor, share this passage. Talk about how long Caleb was in the wilderness. Explain how discouraged he may have become knowing that he had done the right thing but still had to endure the 40 years.
Sometimes fatigue is hard. Sometimes we feel we can’t go on. Remind your children that God is our source of strength. It doesn’t come in a Monster drink or a dose of Geritol (I’m telling my age now). Real strength to achieve great things only comes from the Father.
Are you tired? Are you weary? Do you feel you have been wandering in the wilderness? Turn to Him. He can refresh you and give you the strength you need to carry on. Remember, Caleb had seen the Promised Land. Those forty years may have seemed long and hard, but he had the image of what was to come. We have that same vision. We know what is coming.