God Promotes the Elderly
Scripture Memorization for February – Missions
Listen to this morning’s Scripture Song – Psalm 92:1
Read the “0218 Evening and Morning“ devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.
Read “Ten Ways to Extend Grace to Hurting People” by Pastor Paul Chappell
“And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, This is it that belongeth unto the Levites: from twenty and five years old and upward they shall go in to wait upon the service of the tabernacle of the congregation: And from the age of fifty years they shall cease waiting upon the service thereof, and shall serve no more: But shall minister with their brethren in the tabernacle of the congregation, to keep the charge, and shall do no service. Thus shalt thou do unto the Levites touching their charge.” (Numbers 8:23-26)
God was giving Moses instructions on what He wanted the Levites to do. At twenty-five they were to enter into their public ministry work. This work required bodily strength and stamina. But then God says at the age of fifty they would no longer preform that job, a younger group would take over the position. The older Levites were not put aside in disgrace, but rather to be honored in a new position. They were to minister and train the younger Levites. With age came experience, maturity of judgment, and steadiness of behavior. With a novice there is a danger of being lifted up with pride. Gifts are not always tied to age, but in this case, this is how God settled the affairs of the Levites.
Something I thought about after reading these verses is that God is the one who promotes us from one type of work to another. He knows what we are capable of handling. He’s not preferring one person over another, but we are all working together for His glory. We may quit or even disqualify ourselves from a particular job, but God will never put us aside. God wants to use all of his children in His service.
Another thought is that as time goes on God may not allow you to work as many ‘ministry jobs’ as you once did. Don’t take that to mean God doesn’t want you, but that God is allowing you to have some time of rest. When God has you here, there is always prayer. People and ministries need lots of prayer. With God there is always something to do.
So enjoy your life in Christ and ride God’s wave no matter where He leads you.
1 John 5:13