Joshua 14:11 As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in.
Whatever you do, do not lose your strength. The only time that Samson lost a battle was when he lost his physical strength. As he grew old, King Solomon not only lost his physical strength but also his spiritual strength as well and became a facilitator to the idol worship of his strange wives. Since strength is what you need to gain the victory both physically and spiritually, you cannot afford to lose it.
Studies show that people over the age of 40 lose 8% of muscle mass per decade and this accelerates significantly after the age of 70. As a result, you might feel like it is unavoidable for you to lose your physical strength as you grow older. Even if that may be the case, exercise the choice to never allow your spiritual strength to diminish.
Moses maintained both his physical and spiritual strength up to the point of his death at the age of 120. Deuteronomy 34:7 tells us that “Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated”. The secret to Moses maintaining his strength was that he spent much time in God’s presence and did all that he was commanded to do. Moses maintained his strength because he made the choice to do so.
Caleb possessed the land that was promised to him at the age 85, this was 45 years after the promise was made. The reason he was able to do it was because he never lost his strength. When he went to Joshua to claim his promise, he said in Joshua 14:11 “I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me’. Notably, he not only maintained his physical strength but he also preserved his physical strength. His spiritual strength was sustained because he wholly followed the Lord as stated in Numbers 32:12. He had to wait a long time to possess his promise but he never allowed his strength to diminish. With all that you have to deal with, things may come into your path that could cause you to lose your strength, choose to do what it takes to keep you strong in the Lord.
Life Application: Maintain your strength by wholly following the Lord: choose to do all that the word of the Lord says rather than let how you feel dictate your action.
Prayer: Oh Lord, you are my strength. Help me not to lose my strength especially in the face of great adversities. In Jesus’ name, amen.