Nothing But a Number

(Gen 12:4)  And Abram departed, even as Jehovah had spoken to him. And Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.

This according to Word Press statistics is my 100th Blog post so I thought that as personally I am headed to a major threshold. I felt led to right about getting older as all of us are whether we like it or not. Longevity is such a blessing especially when we think of the sinful times that we live in. It is amazing that God has held back the savior’s return and any of us are still here. Yet because of his Grace and his Mercy you and I are allowed to see another day. I Thank God for each and every second that I am afforded life and more importantly I Thank him for Life Eternal Through Jesus Christ!!!  What a Blessing!!!!

As we get older it’s only natural to think that our best days are behind us and that whatever if anything we are to accomplish in life.  If it has not been done by a certain age we’re probably not going to get it done. However the Bible as well as history shows us that a lot can be accomplished no matter what age we are. At the age of 75 Abram whose name will be later changed to Abraham is instructed to leave his kindred and acquaintances and move to a strange land.  (Genesis 12:1)  And Jehovah said to Abram, Go out of your country, and from your kindred, and from your father’s house into a land that I will show you. Packing up and leaving is no easy task at any age. At the age 75 to leave your familiar surrounds and go to another country where you don’t know anyone took a lot of Faith. It’s amazing when you think of it Abram had lived 75 years.  At an age when he would probably be looking forward to spending his last days in the place that he knew as home. A place where he probably knew everybody and everybody knew and respected him. He’s told to pack up and go to another country “WOW”.

We are introduced to Abram in Genesis Chapter 11 not a whole lot is said about him in Genesis 12 it’s noted that at 75 years old he’s told to pack up and go. Much of what we know about Abram whose name is changed to Abraham occurs after age 75. He accomplishes an awful lot after age 75. He is 86 years old when he has his first son, at 100 years old he has another son by his wife Sarah who was 91 he even has more children past the age of 130. Moses is another example of someone that God used in a mighty way during his senior years. Moses was 80 years old when God instructed him to lead his people out of the land of Egypt.  (Deu 34:7)  And Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died. His eye was not dim, nor had he lost any of his natural strength. God sustained Moses from age 80 until his death at 120 and he’ll do the same for you and I when we’re obedient.

Here are a few examples of people who became successful when considered past their prime.  Grandma Moses (Anna Mary Robertson Moses) Was a renowned American folk artist. Grandma Moses first came to public attention in 1940, at the age of 80. She began painting in her seventies after abandoning a career in embroidery because of arthritis. .Paintings which she first sold for about $5 later were sold for $8,000 to $10,000. In November 2006, her work “Sugaring Off”, became her highest selling work at $1.2 million. Harry Bernstein By the time he was 24 he had published a short story in a magazine. That was in 1934. He would then face the rejection of more than 40 novels over seven decades before he achieved literary success again. At the age of 96, Harry Bernstein published his memoir “The Invisible Wall”. He wrote the manuscript for the “Invisible wall” when he was 93 as a way to deal with his memories and the loneliness he felt after his wife of almost seven decades, Ruby passed away from leukemia in 2002. Nola(Hill) Ochs On May 14,2007 became a Guinness World Record holder as the world’s oldest college graduate. The 95-year old graduated from Fort Hays State University in Kansas 77 years after she first started taking classes. She earned a general studies degree with an emphasis in history, graduating alongside her granddaughter who was 21 years old at the time. George Burns (Nathan Birnbaum) Actor, comedian, writer. His career spanned almost the entire 20th century. He won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in Neil Simon’s “The Sunshine Boys at the age of 79, the oldest recipient for that award(in this category) These are just a few example of Biblical as well as historical personalities that accomplished much in the latter years of their lives.

Scripture advises us (Hebrews 12:1)  Therefore since we also are surrounded with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily besets us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. We should never let age hinder us from doing what God has put on our hearts to do. Personally I believe the Lord is soon to come much sooner than many expect. At the same time I try to stay focused on the things I feel that God has instructed and called me to do. Remembering that scripture reminds us (Matthew 24:45) Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his Lord has made ruler over His household, to give them food in due season? (Matthew 24:46)  Blessed is that servant whom his Lord shall find him doing so when He comes. Whatever God has called you to do keep doing it don’t let age or other’s comments and opinions keep you from completing your tasks. God will reward those who were faithful until the end. God can and will use willing servants at any age or stage in life. So always be open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit it will never lead or guide you in the wrong direction. Be Encouraged and Blessed Minister Mike.

 

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