“Rise in the presence of the aged,
show respect for the elderly and revere your God.
I am the Lord”
Leviticus 19:32 (NIV)
From time to time I have the privilege of visiting with someone who is in their 90’s. It is a special treat for me to listen to them speak of how the Lord has walked with them through a long and productive life.
Recently I visited a couple who are into their 90’s. The wife has been tired and sleeps a lot. She did not appear during my visit until I was about to leave. As I spoke to the Christian gentleman I listened to him reminisce about his journey through over 70 years of walking with his Good Shepherd.
I had known this man for perhaps the last 20 years or so. I knew of his devotion to the Lord and His people. Although he had been a highly successful business man he never lived in a manner in keeping with his financial capabilities. His home through the years was modest and his present car is 15 years old.
He had tears glisten in his eyes as he spoke of all his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren walking with the Lord. He knew it was the grace of God that caused this to be the case. He would never take any credit for the faithful family he had.
I assured him that now that he was nearing the end of his life that he had lived well and had set an example for all of us to follow. I sought to do as our verse today tells us. I gave him honour and sought to let him know just how influential he and his wife were in the lives of all who knew them.
Today you may know of someone who is elderly and who would benefit from a visit by yourself. Take the time to call them and arrange a visit. Perhaps take them some flowers, a short book of inspiration to read at leisure, or some other token to mark the occasion.
If you are elderly yourself, and have the ability, consider doing what this man does. He has a meeting every week with a couple of people his own age and always has some promise from Scripture to encourage them. If you are shut in then ask yourself if you might make the occasional phone call to someone else with a similar difficulty.
It is so important for all of us to look out for one another and seek the good of the ones who are discouraged and weeping in silence and alone. Never forget that our Lord came to the weary and defeated to rescue them from sin and its results. We serve a God Who said of Himself, “I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.” Jeremiah 31:25 (NIV).
All of us who are followers of Jesus are to be like the God we serve and search out opportunities to serve the needs of others and be a light in a dark situation. Today go in the strength of the Lord and minister grace and truth to those who have come to the end of themselves. Whoever you are, wherever you are, your Father in heaven has work for you to do even into your 90’s. Determine to finish strong!