There Is A Lot To Learn About God From The Wisdom Of Elders In The Faith

By: Tia Johnson 0 Comments   7/19/2011

"I wish I could relate to the people I'm related to," said comedian Jeff Foxworthy.

Many in America could chime the same tune as Foxworthy while on the road to their nex tfamily reunion. It's true that young people seem to believe they can't relate to the generations above them, and many who are blessed with age seem to think they have nothing to offer their younger generations.

However ,such false beliefs have created one of the most damaging and unbiblical gaps in our culture.

In Deuteronomy 4 and Titus 2, younger believers are commanded to learn from their elders and elders are commanded to teach those who are younger.

Furthermore, Solomon's son Rehoboam approached trouble when he decided to listen to his younger peers instead of his father's elders in 1 Kings 12. The peers he turned to gave him arrogant advice which led to the split of Israel.

If only Rehoboam would have realized how much he could have learned from those elders .He may have found that there was much more he could have related to.

James 4:14says, "For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away." With this in mind, the difference between being 20 years old and 80 years old is miniscule compared with eternity. Let’s face it, regardless of age, most have admitted that the years fly by in a flash.

And those who are blessed with age have a lot to share from those 80 plus years, according to Psalm 71: 18: "Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come."(NIV) God has a definite purpose for those blessed with age in our culture: to relay God’s truth to the next generation!

So, consider this during your next reunion: spend more time with people a few generations apart from you. Join their Bible studies and learn the reason behind their habits. If you are younger, pay attention to the trials wrought by those who are blessed with age, because you will someday cross similar paths and maybe can avoid a few wrong turns.

Since following this advice, below are a few lessons I have observed:

1. Takecare of your body. Exercise and eat right. If you don’t use your muscles, you will lose them.

2. Train your mind to think positively. "…be transformed by the renewing of your mind…" (Romans 12:2)  Ihave met older people who live lives of isolation because of years of negative thinking. On the other hand, I have met older people who have set thier minds on thing that are trustworthy and of good report, and they are continuing to grow and be used despite their physical limitations.

3. Get to know your Bible. The most common regret I have heard from thse blessed with age who are Christians is this: "Why didn’t I spend more time with God, getting to know His word, when I was younger? It would have saved me so much heartache..."

4. Pulling weeds and growing food really does make one happier and healthier!

When tempted to give a quick hug and then converse with your own peers, try instead to bridge the gap. You might find you actually have more to relate to than you thought.  

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