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I'm Not Too Old To Be Used By God

I'm Not Too Old To Be Used By God

I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadesh Barnea to spy out the land, and I brought back word to him as it was in my heart.  And now, behold, the LORD has kept me alive, as He said, these forty-five years, ever since the LORD spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; 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. Joshua 14:7, 10-11 (NKJV)

Such were the words of Caleb in the book of Joshua,"I am this day, eighty-five years old.  As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me." Caleb was speaking of when Joshua and he had gone into the Promised Land to spy it out for conquest.  God had told them that He would give them this land and that He would do wondrous things for them, but no one believed God except Joshua and Caleb.  So for 38-years they had to hang out with millions of people who just wanted to seek fleshly desires and comfort - people who doubted God and grumbled about His leadership and provision.

Joshua and Caleb had spent their lives wholly following the Lord, and because the other Israelites didn't believe in God's promises, they would not experience His blessings. Now at age 85, Caleb was eager to finish what God had asked of the Israelites some 45-years earlier.  He was ready to attack and drive out those who the Lord had spoken of.  

This is mind boggling when you think of it really - I mean, at 85-years of age, most people I know of would not be entertaining going into physical battle.  But God was faithful to give Caleb and Joshua strength and resolve to be able to do the things that He wanted done.  

Q:    So, what does this mean to us?
A:    It means that we are never too old to serve the Lord.

Truth be told, I doubt that God plans to ask you or I to go over into a foreign land and conquer actual giants.  But what He is asking is for us to conquer the giants that we have formed in our own mind - those things that seem entirely too big to handle on our own.  It could be serving in the Church or those less fortunate in a local rest home.  Perhaps it is simply serving food at a homeless shelter or going to the hospital and reading scripture to someone who may be sick or injured.   It can be taking the time to talk to the neighbors about the Gospel message (See 1Cor. 1-5).  Fact of the matter, it can be a number of things - it really doesn't matter as long as we're willing to serve.

I would imagine we all could come up with several reasons as to why we are not the ones that God has called to do these things, and we could probably even justify how busy we are or that there simply isn't enough time in the day to invest in these noble causes - and that would be untrue.  You see, God wants to use us simple folks to do amazing things.  Some might say, "This is foolishness," and I would respond, "Maybe your right, but that's Gods choice."  Besides, even His foolishness is wiser than our best-crafted plans.

Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 1Corinthians 1:25-27 (NKJV)

Hey Christian, God is not so weak that He cannot do these things without us that need to be done - it is His way of allowing us to be a part of the building of His Kingdom, and His way of allowing for us to be a part of the blessing. When we take our most precious commodity of time and invest it selflessly into the lives of those in need and those who are less fortunate; it shows that God is truly living inside of us, and our serving others is simply the fruit (Love) of His Spirit within our lives.  

I want to encourage you today to look into the mirror and tell that person who staring back, "I'm not too old to be used by God."  Now, believe it, because it's true.  I don't care if you're 85-years old - God wants to use you in a mighty way today.  Hey, let me ask you something:

Q:    Will you let God use you?  
Q:    Will you let God love others through you?  
Q:    Will you let God serve others through you?  
Q:    Will you allow God to continue to transform you to be like Christ?
Q:    Will you finish the race of life strongly?

Remember Christian, it is God who does all these mighty things, so don't strive, just be willing to allow Him to work in you, on you, and through you.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn about our abilities when God is using us according to the Scriptures contained within this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you allowing God to use you every day?

APPLICATION: Seek the Lord each morning as you read His Word.  Ask Him to use you in whatever capacity He desires and to empower you to do all that He asks.

Father, Thank You for using me in the lives of others.  Thank You for allowing me to share in Your blessing of their lives.  Help me today to do the things that You have prepared in advance for me.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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