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 14:11
In America, when people reach the 65-70 age bracket, their thinking changes. It’s time to retire, apply for Social Security and Medicare, and transition to a different style of life. Sadly, with those changes comes a change in self-perception: My productive years are over; my strength is waning; my best years are behind me.
Who says? Certainly not Caleb! When he was 40, he and Joshua helped spy out the Promised Land (Numbers 13). Then came 40 years of wandering in the wilderness. By the time Canaan was divided among the tribes of Israel and Caleb received a portion as his inheritance, he was 85 years old (Joshua 14:10). And how did he view himself? As strong at age 85 as he was at age 40 (Joshua 14:11)! He was ready “for war”—that is, for whatever he might be called on to do.
Retirement is not a biblical word. Change and transition? Yes. But we must remain available to the Lord until the day of our harvest comes (Job 5:26).
Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God. Corrie ten Boom