When my oldest son Fisher was born my mother came to Guatemala with a bible for him. It has sat in my study closet, in a box for several years, waiting a good time for us to give it to him. As I was setting goals for the 2015 year and wanting to go through the bible again, I considered how I was going to do this (electronic version, which version, or my favorite go to calf skin and paper) I then remembered his bible. I though, "How great would it be to read through this particular bible and present it to him as a Christmas present this year?" So that's what I am doing. Thus, if you are friends with me on the Bible App and notice huge chunks of scripture being checked off with only minutes in between, it's because I'm using the app as my guide. I am no speed reader.
As I was reading recently in Joshua I was face to face with an example of a man who did not ever quit. A man who pushed through. A man who was faithful. A man who remained healthy and strong. A man who lived relying on the promises of God's faithfulness. Caleb. Joshua 14:10-12, "...And now, behold, I am this day eighty-five years old. I am still as strong today as I was in the day that Moses sent me; my strength now is as my strength was then, for war and for going and coming. So now give me this hill country of which the Lord spoke on that day, for you heard on that day how the Anakim were there, with great fortified cities. It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall drive them out just as the Lord said." Incase you are not aware, Caleb was one of the twelve spies that Moses sent in to the Promise Land to scout out the land that the Lord had given. Joshua and Caleb were the only two that returned trusting that God would come through on His promise.
Reading Caleb's words makes me excited about growing old as a man who continues faithful living in the shadow and confidence that God will come through on his promise. Caleb had not allowed his confidence to be quenched. Was Caleb like the crazy uncle who thought he could take on anyone in a fight as an 85 year old -just because OR did if he really did retain his physical strength? Either, I don't feel is important to my thought. The Lord had never failed to come through on His promises and Caleb never failed to trust. Caleb never quit. Never quit believing, never quit waiting, never quit trusting, he never quit. He was as ready to keep fighting battles as an old man just as he had in his prime.
This is what I want to be like. I don't have to be the 90 year old, who can still crank out pull ups, step into the octagon, or run a marathon. (Don't get me wrong, it would be pretty sweet to be able to give grandkids and great grandkids a run for their money.) I want to be the 90 year old who never loses sight of God's faithfulness and my part in obedience. I want to run and not grow weary. I want to run the race in a manner as to obtain the prize. I don't want to ever quit. I will never quit.
Christ Follower, Husband, Father, Student Pastor, and Lover of all things Garlic and Bacon.