Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
Joshua 13:1 (NIV)
When Joshua had grown old, the Lord said to him, “You are now very old, and there are still very large areas of land to be taken over.
When Joshua had reached a venerable age, God said to him, “You’ve had a good, long life, but there is a lot of land still to be taken.
“Now Joshua was old and advanced in years, and the Lord said to him, “You have grown old and advanced in years, and very substantial portions of the land remain to be possessed.” -AMPLIFIED
Chapter 13 of Joshua begins the second half of the book. This part deals mainly with the details of parceling out and dividing the land among the people. This second part goes into the details of how things were done and the scope of the conquest of the land. It also gives detailed information on who settled where; which is of great importance when studying the history of the people later on.
We are not told how old Joshua was at this point in time, but we are told that he was very old. Some commentators feel that he was at least, if not over, one hundred. We also know that Joshua died at the ripe old age of 110. We can find this information in Joshua 24:29, “After that, Joshua, the son of Nun, the Eternal’s servant, died at the age of 110.” -(VOICE)
I want to put forward to you that you are never too old to do something for God. Joshua found this fact to be true. For this is what the Lord Almighty told Joshua at the accomplished age of 100, “You have grown old and there is still work to do, for part of the land I have promised has yet to be conquered.” -Joshua 13:1 (VOICE)
There are no excuses when it comes to giving God your all. Age does not matter, your strength or ability (or lack thereof); none of that matters to God. What God desires is a willing obedience to do what He has called you to do. We find that Joshua had just that; though he was old, he still stepped up to the challenge that God set before him. God told Joshua, “…there remaineth yet very much land to be possessed.” -(ASB) And so we see Joshua setting about accomplishing another challenge that God had set him to task to do.
There are to be no excuses when it comes to serving God; for God equips us for any task that He calls us to do for Him. “And [His gifts to the church were varied and] He Himself appointed some as apostles [special messengers, representatives], some as prophets [who speak a new message from God to the people], some as evangelists [who spread the good news of salvation], and some as pastors and teachers [to shepherd and guide and instruct], [and He did this] to fully equip and perfect the saints (God’s people) for works of service, to build up the body of Christ [the church]; until we all reach oneness in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, [growing spiritually] to become a mature believer, reaching to the measure of the fullness of Christ [manifesting His spiritual completeness and exercising our spiritual gifts in unity].” -Ephesians 4:11-13 (AMP)
God does not call the equipped; He equips those He calls. It takes great courage and faith to respond to that call that God places on our lives. (Remember how many times God had to remind Joshua to be strong and courageous.) If God calls you, you can be sure that He will also take care of all the details in accomplishing that which He has called you to do for Him.
“Now may the God of peace [the source of serenity and spiritual well-being] who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood that sealed and ratified the eternal covenant, equip you with every good thing to carry out His will and strengthen you [making you complete and perfect as you ought to be], accomplishing in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.” -Hebrews 13:20-21 (AMP)
There are no excuses! Age, finances, strength, time, family; none of these will work as an excuse before God. If He calls you; He will equip you. If He calls you, all He desires is a willing spirit and an act of obedience. No more Excuses!
Father, there will be no more excuses from me. Forgive me when I have given a few lame ones in the past, Lord. I know that I need to step out in faith and trust to do exactly what you have called me to do. I know you have promised to equip me for every good work that you have called me to. Help me to be strong and courageous. Help me to step out obediently to whatever it is that you desire of me. No more excuses, Lord.