Actions prompted by God’s promises
When Joshua was an old man, the Lord said to him, “You are growing old, and much land remains to be conquered. This is the territory that remains: all the regions of the Philistines and the Geshurites, and the larger territory of the Canaanites, extending from the stream of Shihor on the border of Egypt, northward to the boundary of Ekron. It includes the territory of the five Philistine rulers of Gaza, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Gath, and Ekron. The land of the Avvites in the south also remains to be conquered. In the north, the following area has not yet been conquered: all the land of the Canaanites, including Mearah (which belongs to the Sidonians), stretching northward to Aphek on the border of the Amorites; the land of the Gebalites and all of the Lebanon mountain area to the east, from Baal-gad below Mount Hermon to Lebo-hamath; and all the hill country from Lebanon to Misrephoth-maim, including all the land of the Sidonians. “I myself will drive these people out of the land ahead of the Israelites. So be sure to give this land to Israel as a special possession, just as I have commanded you. Joshua 13:1-7 NLT
Joshua as described from the text is advancing in age. Bible scholars believe that he is nearing one hundred years old, yet God is still has assignments for him to do. Joshua will supervise the dividing of the land. There are still pockets of resistance that will be dealt with as regions are parceled to the different tribes of Israel. When God told Joshua, “You are growing old” it is not a rebuke but a solemn reminder that we have limited time in this world. So, with the remaining years of his life, God is not done yet with him for there are still works to be done. When we re advancing in years, we should not think that we do not have further contribution in the Lord’s work. When we are always in touch with God and His word, we will realize that He can still use us to be a blessing to others. The remaining assignments God has for Joshua might not be the same as leading the armies to battle, nevertheless they are still significant. When God’s servants are weakened because of age, He does not want them to make such as an excuse for they can still do lighter tasks. “Even in old age they will still produce fruit” (Psalm 92:14). Aging and decline in physical stamina are no reasons why manifestations of God’s grace should deteriorate. Joshua’s task includes providing admonition to the Israelites to not take for granted God’s inheritance for them. The land was before them and they should not remain in their comfort zones. Our life in Christ provides for us endless opportunities that we can be involved with. Our actions should be inspired by the promises of God. We are not to wait for God to do something for us when He expects us to be involved. We are “not to accept this marvelous gift of God’s kindness and then ignore it” (2 Corinthians 6:1).