Gray Hair, a Crown of Glory

Wisdom is with the aged, and understanding in length of days.       Job 12:12 

No one likes growing old—the pains, the wrinkles, and the gray hair. But, as they say, it beats the alternative. In today’s culture, age is often disparaged and youth exalted. However, the Bible has a lot to say about growing old. From a Biblical standpoint, age is to be honored and respected. “You shall stand up before the gray head and honor the face of an old man, and you shall fear your God: I am the Lord” (Leviticus 19:32). 

One advantage of aging is gaining wisdom and understanding. The longer you live the more you learn. People who have a healthy reverence for the Lord and who are yielded to His wisdom grow exponentially in wisdom.   

A wise senior believer will embrace the encouragement of Scripture, embracing the notion that older people of faith have great value. The psalmist wrote of the righteous, “They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green, to declare that the Lord is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him” (Psalm 92:14-15). One of the responsibilities of the aged is to teach the younger generations. “Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good” (Titus 2:2-3).    

Pray for the senior believers in the United States, including government officials, that they will bear fruit to God’s glory. Ask the Lord to help the older generation teach the younger generations what is good.  

Today’s Verse: Job 12:12 

Wisdom is with the aged, 
    and understanding in length of days. 

All Scripture quotations and audio are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Recommended for further reading: Ruth 4:13-17 

13 So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife. And he went in to her, and the Lord gave her conception, and she bore a son. 14 Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a redeemer, and may his name be renowned in Israel! 15 He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age, for your daughter-in-law who loves you, who is more to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.” 16 Then Naomi took the child and laid him on her lap and became his nurse. 17 And the women of the neighborhood gave him a name, saying, “A son has been born to Naomi.” They named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David. 

All Scripture quotations and audio are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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