AGE AND GOD’S PURPOSE

Does our age affect God’s work in us and through us?

BIBLE READING: 1 Samuel 2:12-26
KEY BIBLE VERSE: Now Samuel, though only a boy, was the Lord‘s helper. He wore a linen tunic just like that of a priest. (1 Samuel 2:18)
God can use people of any age. Samuel was a young child, and yet he “was the Lord’s helper.” Children can often serve God just as effectively as adults. God will use anyone who is willing to learn from him and serve him. He has no age limits. Don’t discount the faith of a child or let your age keep you from serving God.
BIBLE READING: 2 1 Kings 22:1-20
KEY BIBLE VERSE: He did what was pleasing in the Lord‘s sight and followed the example of his ancestor David. He did not turn aside from doing what was right. (2 1 Kings 22:2)
Even the young can play a significant role. In reading the biblical lists of kings, it is rare to find one who obeyed God completely. Josiah was such a person, and he was only eight years old when he began to reign. For eighteen years he reigned obediently; then, when he was twenty-six, he began the reforms based on God’s laws. Children are the future leaders of our churches and our world. A person’s major work for God may have to wait until he is an adult, but no one is ever too young to take God seriously and obey him. Josiah’s early years laid the base for his later task of reforming Judah.
BIBLE READING: Luke 1:5-25
KEY BIBLE VERSE: Zechariah said to the angel, “How can I know this will happen? I’m an old man now, and my wife is also well along in years.” (Luke 1:18)
Even the very old can play a significant role. When Zechariah was told he would have a son, he doubted the angel’s word. From his human perspective, his doubts were understandable—but with God, anything is possible. Although Zechariah and Elizabeth were past the age of childbearing, God gave them a child. It is easy to doubt or misunderstand what God wants to do in our life. Even God’s people sometimes make the mistake of trusting their reason or experience rather than God. When tempted to think that one of God’s promises is impossible, remember God’s work throughout history. His power is not confined by narrow perspectives nor bound by human limitations.
BIBLE READING: Eccles. 11:7-12:8
KEY BIBLE VERSE: Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor him in your youth before you grow old and no longer enjoy living. (Eccles. 12:1)
There’s no time like the present to serve God. A life without God can produce a bitter, lonely, and hopeless old age. A life centered around God is fulfilling; it makes the days of old age—when disabilities, sickness, and handicaps can become barriers to enjoying life—satisfying because of the hope of eternal life. Being young is exciting. But the excitement of youth can become a barrier to closeness with God if it makes young people focus on passing pleasures instead of eternal values. Make your strength available to God when it is still yours—during your youthful years. Don’t waste it on evil or meaningless activities that become bad habits and make you callous. Seek God now.