‘With long life will I satisfy Him.’ Psalm 91:16 NKJV
When asked, ‘How do you grow old so gracefully?’ Alexandre Dumas replied, ‘Because I give all my time to it.’ If you’re over fifty, let your age be measured by your spiritual progress instead of a date on the calendar. How would you like to have these words as your memorial? ‘Enoch lived…365 years. Enoch walked …with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.’ (Genesis 5:23–24 NIV) Picture this: Enoch goes for a walk with God and when they reach a certain point, God says, ‘It’s closer to My house than yours, so just come home with Me.’ Like an old oak tree, a mature Christian’s roots have weathered life’s storms. But don’t take your wisdom to the grave with you; share it with people who’ll listen. And those who are wise willlisten, because they recognise the foolishness of paying twice for the same information. Don’t retire—refocus. Victor Hugo once said, ‘Forty is old age to youth, fifty is youth to old age.’ With God, availability, not age, is what counts. The Bible says: ‘There was…a prophetess, Anna…she was eighty–four. She never left the temple but worshipped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them [Mary and Joseph with the Christ child] at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all.’ (Luke 2:36–38 NIV) The world respects ex–generals and ex–presidents, but not ex–Christians. A respected character actor said, ‘As we grow older we must discipline ourselves to continue expanding, broadening, learning, keeping our minds active and open.’ So live for God until your last breath.
SoulFood: Is 42-44, Jn 8:1-13, Ps 96, Prov 28:17-20
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2014