Methuselah, Caleb and Arthur

By Marilyn Ehle

Methuselah lived 969 years and then he died.”  (Genesis 5:27)
“I will give him (Caleb)…the land he set his feet on, because he followed the Lord wholeheartedly.”
  (Deuteronomy 2:36)

Amazing advances in modern medicine, sociology and psychology seek to not only extend our lives but improve the quality of those lives A mere eight words describe one man whose name has become synonymous with advanced age: “Methuselah lived 969 years and then he died.”

Fewer people recognize the name of Caleb but this man dared to go against the prevailing opinion of his compatriots, staking his reputation on what he believed: that God and His word could be trusted.

What Arthur Winston believes about God wasn’t reported by the media, but his picture and words were front page news when he recently retired at the age of 100 from his 76-year tenure with the Los Angeles County Transportation Authority. (When asked about his “retirement” plans, Arthur responded that he wants to “keep busy, keep active.” He added that he might now have time to volunteer to help some of the elderly in his community!)

Methuselah lived long; Arthur exhibited tenacity in the workplace; but it is Caleb who is the prime example for the modern businessman and woman. To follow the Lord wholeheartedly when those around grow faint will receive far more lasting benefits than “social security” of “retirement benefits.”

Lord, thank you for examples to follow. Help me set the pace of wholehearted obedience to you so that those around will choose to join me on the path.”

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Marilyn Ehle has worked closely with businesswomen in the USA setting up and participating in luncheons and discussion groups which focused on issues pertinent to today’s employed woman.
A writer, she writes devotionals for Thoughts About God  and Christian Women Today