In Good Company
Now Joshua was old and advanced in years; and the LORD said to him, “You are old and advanced in years . . .”
Aside from God’s penchant for stating the obvious, this is a significant thing to say.
The end is near for Joshua. His glory days are behind him. God is no longer requiring him to be a warrior. Now, he is the father figure making sure all the children get their fair share.
But more than that, there is someone else who was once described as being “advanced in years.” Remember who it was? You are going to have to go all the way back to Genesis 24 for that one.
Now Abraham was old, well advanced in years; and the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things.
I can’t be sure, but I think Abraham was the last person described this way.
I don’t know you, but I know this: Getting old is nothing to be ashamed about. Graying hairs are badges of honor, not attacks to be fought off.
If the Old Testament is clear on one thing, it is that you are never too old for God to do something great in you and through you. Abraham, Sarah, Moses, Joshua, to name a few.
If you are old, you are in good company.
Speaking of Abraham and Joshua, there is another interesting thing about the link between them.
Abraham received the promise. God would give the land to his descendants as an inheritance. He never got to see it.
Joshua is the one who finally gave it to them. He is the descendant to complete the promise. We have come full circle.
That little line about Joshua being advanced in years was designed not just to tell us about his age, but to invoke the memory of his ancestor and his faithful God. God made a promise and he delivered. It took a long time, but it happened.
God may be giving you dreams that your great-great grandchildren will be the first to experience. You may be in the middle, like the generation in the wilderness, of a promise that was given to those before you that you will never see. Or, you may be the answer to the prayers of your great-great-grandparents.
In any case, the message here is that the God of Abraham is faithful and trustworthy.
So trust Him.