Text: Luke 11 (Leviticus 19-20)
We live in a culture of progress, where every day we read of new ideas, scientific discoveries and technological innovations. Consider how many of us struggle when we must spend a day without electricity or internet due to a storm. I, for one, am thrown way off my game. Just think, only twenty-five years ago loss of internet access would not have changed our day much at all. Living in such times of change, it has become common thinking that old things are obsolete… to include older people. That said, consider these words:
“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)
Our elders are to be revered and respected. They have the wisdom that only comes from life having been lived. They have walked through difficulty and victory. They have walked with the Lord. Old is not obsolete. Rather, old is wise, valuable, priceless even. When we disrespect and disregard our elders, we cut off the flow of wisdom that God has given. Do you suppose the rise of folly in our culture has something to do with this matter? This perspective is particularly important today as we are facing a pandemic virus that is mild for the young yet deadly for the old and infirm. Do our elders matter? Do we truly respect and love them? Let’s hope so.
in Him, Mike