“If it is displeasing to you to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve…”
— Joshua 24:15
Our culture seems to worship youth and warehouse the elderly. But there are many instances in the Bible where God uses elderly people who were committed to Him.
Did you ever stop to think that Joshua was just a young man when he left Egypt? Then 40 years passed by while he was in the wilderness, and then another 50 years or more passed, and by then Joshua was an old man. He was now a man of 110 years and during all of that time he had been faithful and he had trusted in the Lord and believed His promise and with unwavering faithfulness had gone on serving the Lord as God called him to do as a warrior for God.
And so at last the aged Joshua, 110 years old, gathers together the people of Israel at Shechem and there with flowing grey locks, he calls upon them again to renew their faith and to trust in the Lord and to live for Him and he utters those famous words, “…as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” He said that on the very day of his death, 110 years old—and for all of that time he had been doing just that.
Whether you are old or young, don’t think that the Lord cannot use you if you commit yourself to Him. May we write Joshua’s words on our heart—to actively choose to serve the Lord.
Lord, my heart gives a resounding YES, as for me and my house, we will serve You. Help us to do so faithfully at any age and in all circumstances…
BY GOD’S STRENGTH, WE WILL
SERVE HIM THROUGH ALL OF LIFE.