We’ll finish out the week by considering Solomon’s view of youth and old age. Then we’ll look at some other Bible passages to give us a balanced view of age.
(Ecc 7:10) Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this.
Jos 14:10-12 And now, behold, the LORD hath kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the LORD spake this word unto Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now, lo, I am this day fourscore and five years old. (11) As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in. (12) Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the LORD spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the LORD will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the LORD said.
Psa 92:12-15 The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. (13) Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. (14) They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; (15) To shew that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.
Solomon wisely noted that there is no point in wishing for the good old days. No matter how much you long for them, the clock doesn’t turn backwards. And, as we saw yesterday, old age ofter leads to physical decline. Thankfully, that’s not all there is to the story.
Caleb is a great example of good old age. As a man in his eighties, he had the strength and desire to have all that God promised him. He certainly not the only energetic old man in the Bible. God can preserve and strengthen His people so that, even in old age, they can be fruitful.
What About You?
- Do you have a negative view of old age, or do you believe that God can make your old age fruitful.