I am the LORD, and there is no other. I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the LORD, who does all these things.
|I have to hope that many of the victims of the 9-11 attacks, were able to remember in their last moments on planet earth that God was there to sustain and rescue them and and usher them to a far better honor then mere survival of a nightmare. And then, in turn, God reached out to survivors & families and parents and reminded them that "even to your old age and gray hairs, I am he who will sustain you."
Noah was over 500 years old when he built the ark Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac was born Joseph was middle aged when he saved his family from the famine
Moses was 80ish when he led the Israelites out of Egypt Joshua was almost 90 when he became the leader of the Israelites and led them to the Promised Land David was in his final years when he amassed the materials for Solomon to use in building the magnificent temple of God
Paul had graduated from seminary and moved up in the ranks of the Pharisees before He came to know Jesus. He was no spring chicken.
It seems pretty clear to me that God has a special affinity for those who have some gray in their hair. Someone once said it is a shame youth is wasted on the young. It seems that most of us don’t acquire any measure of wisdom until we have walked more than a few miles on this dusty earth and made a whole passel of mistakes from which we hopefully learn.
In our American society, the aged are often the throw-aways. They are placed in nursing homes and assisted living facilities and forgotten far too often. (Now, before you write and tell me about how necessary these facilities are, let me assure you I know their worth and value. Three of my four grandparents lived in nursing homes in their latter years and were treated wonderfully. They were happy because they were around people their own age that they had known for years. I am not suggesting these facilities are bad.)
What I want us to consider is the value of the aged to God. They have lived some years and gained some wisdom which they can impart to you and me if we will shut up long enough to listen. God esteems older folks and wants them to know that He values them. The Point Ministries: When Words Won’t Come – Isaiah 46.4