JOB 12:12 "Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?"
This past week as I prepared for Lana's funeral the book of Job called. The passage above made me think how becoming mature in Christ is a journey. Oh, do not get me wrong, we can start believing instantly but it is in the experience, trials, traditions, achievements and disappointments that build your faith and wisdom that follows. These elements of life take time and are vital to how we see Jesus in our life.
In today's world it seems to me that we are devaluing being elderly or growing older. We hear about the woes, the aches and the hardships and not so much about the wisdom and maturity in their faith. We fail to utilize their stories, our stories and teachings. We seem to be failing to enlighten the generations that will follow. As a child I remember many elderly people that taught and led me to a better understanding of life in Christ. They took the time to sit and teach me often without my knowing what they were doing. I had parents, a grandmother and great grandmother that taught me much wisdom that still reigns in my life today. The elderly in the churches were my teachers and people I looked up to.
So, here is my challenge, question to each of us who are growing older. Are we sharing our wisdom and knowledge of God through the telling of stories, the teachings and how we live our lives? Or are we simply moaning and thinking we have no value. Are we using our age as a tool for evangelism, reaching out to the youth around us or have we given up on society on doing God's work? Growing old, gaining in wisdom is a true gift from God and we are called to use our gifts to glorify our Lord and savior. See you soon
Almighty God, may all glory and honor be yours on this day and everyday. Father, you have blessed many of us with old age. May we seek your guidance in sharing our wisdom with those around us. May we bold in approaching the younger people with our stories or inviting them to discover wisdom for themselves. Lord bless us as we seek You through Your Son Jesus. Amen
Meet the pastor
Rev. Pastor Carl Schreiber has been serving East Orrington Congregational Church (EOCC) since March 12, 2006