Sometimes I feel as if I am too old to be of service to God. Then as I think back on my life, some of the most memorable times and experiences have been with older people. I loved my grandfather’s and grandmother’s story telling that contained a wealth of knowledge, that only now can I appreciate. I could see even as a child that those old folks had done more and knew more than I ever would Being old, I now see is not a waste of time, but is simply a storehouse of experience and knowledge gathered from a long life lived into this present time and this present place.

God, who sees all and knows all, knew this long before man realized it. As we look back through the old testament, we find that God was not a respecter of age. He has always used his older servants to carry out his most important work. Noah was 600 years old when God told him to build the ark (Gen 6). Now days, that would be like telling an 80 year old man to start a project that would take 20 or 30 years to complete. Old Noah was an obedient man and a man of faith, he trusted God. By so doing, he saved himself and his family from a lost evil world. Abraham was 75 years old when God told him to start his journey. God knew he could count on Abraham because he was obedient, a man of faith (Gen. 15:6), a worshipful man (Gen. 22:5), and a friend of God. Moses was 80 years old when God called on him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt (Exod. 3). Though Moses was hesitant at first, God knew that he had picked the right man for the job. First of all Moses trusted God, he was faithful and he was humble. As is always the case, God was right, Moses proved to be a great leader. In the new testament, the apostle Paul considered himself a senior servant of God (Philemon 9). Paul was an obedient servant who faithfully served God until he was called to his rest (II Tim. 4:6-8).

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