by Meg@bluffparkbaptist.org | Thursday, January 12, 2017
I just hit another one of those age “markers”: I turned 65. In a person’s life there are many of those age markers. At 13 you are a teenager. At 18 you can vote. At 21 you are an adult. Then come the decade markers, those 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, etc. All of those markers are supposed to be significant in our life and we have come to rely on those markers as indicators of ability. We really shouldn’t.
The only thing that really matters is something we can measure by years: Wisdom. Knowledge and age are nothing without wisdom. Honestly no one should have allowed me to vote when I was 18. I was selfish and immature, only looking for my next “good time”. Buy alcohol at 21? I had the decision making process of a squirrel crossing the road. It wasn’t an age that I needed to reach in order to live a meaningful and fulfilling life, it was wisdom.
The Bible tells us in Psalm 111:10 that “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom”. You see, even into my mid 30’s I was making decisions based on the so-called wisdom of the world (which is basically powered by narcissism and an inflated sense of self worth). Only when I learned to fear the Lord and thus let Him guide me was true wisdom finally attainable.
Look around at our nation and you can see the results of pushing God out of the picture; of defining wisdom simply by age. Proverbs 29:18 says “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint.” That revelation is the word of God. Simply put it says that when people don’t listen to God there is nothing to guide them in proper living; anything goes. I’d have to say that is where we are, wouldn’t you?
So, no matter your age, fear God. Be wise.