Is it God’s will for you to have a long and prosperous life?
No matter what circumstances you are facing, let this verse take root in your heart that God’s will and promise for you is a long and good life. In Jesus, you are mighty and strong to take on and conquer any giant you may be facing in the future.
In Joshua 14 we read about Caleb who is a perfect picture of a long and good life. The older Caleb got, the stronger he got. He even said that he was as strong at the age of 85 as he was at 45.
And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, as He said, these forty-five years, ever since the Lord spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old. 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 14:10-11 NKJV)
The long and good life God wants for us is not just in terms of quantity (the number of years) but also in quality in being healthy and strong.
Caleb was prepared to fight giants at the age of 85 to conquer and possess a mountain. In return, Joshua blessed Caleb for his obedience and gave him Hebron.
Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this day, because he wholly followed the Lord God of Israel. (Joshua 14:14 NKJV)
The secret to a long life for Caleb was embedded in simply following the Lord. “Hebron” means fellowship or association that speaks of intimacy, closeness and connection with the Lord. As we follow Him, He promises us a good and long life. Our satisfaction sets the limit and according to our faith it will be done.
Under the new covenant of grace, we should aim high and settle for nothing less than God’s best.
Psalm 91 ends with a promise that God will show us “My Salvation”. The Hebrew word for “salvation” is the word yeshua that is Jesus’ name and means the One who saves us.
Verse 16 therefore says, “With long life I will satisfy him and show him My Yeshua”. God promises us a life filled with revelations of Jesus. As we see Jesus, we get wisdom, health, wealth, favor and the list goes on. Because of Jesus’ perfect work on the Cross, He unlocked all of God’s blessings and promises for us and gave us access to God’s presence and the gift of eternal life.
My prayer is for you that you will choose each day to follow Jesus with every part of your being and that He will be revealed to you in everything you do as you walk in the fullness of Christ Jesus.
I hope you enjoyed the study of Psalm 91 during this month as much as I did and that Jesus may continue to sow Himself to you as you continue your brave walk with Him.
The next Bible study on Finding Time for Jesus during the Fringe Hours will begin on 12 November. There will be exciting resources made available during the course of the one week Bible study that will assist you on your walk with Jesus. If you have not previously indicated that you would like to join us, you can still do so by sending me an email at email@example.com and I will subscribe you to that study.
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