AGE IS A DISCOVERY IN PROGRESS! It’s never too late to serve God. Age may set limits on what you can do physically, but when serving God, age has no limitations. You may be young or old, but God can still use you in His service. The only boundary is your faith. So, how big is your faith? Is it small or extra-large? Faith comes in all sizes.
Age or gender do not limit one’s faith. The following examples may explain some preconceived ideas about faith. God will use whomever is available and willing to trust him. Age doesn’t make any difference, but the heart does.
Prior knowledge is unnecessary. Sometimes it is a hindrance. Trusting God is the only requirement for Him to use you.
Joseph was 17 when God spoke to him in a dream, Genesis 37, about his brothers serving him. Joseph was the baby of the family and was his father’s favorite son. His brothers hated Joseph and sold him to be a slave. The adverse conditions eventually led to Joseph’s promotion to be the second in command of all of Egypt. His brothers meant it for evil, but God turned it out for good.
Moses was a murderer at age 40. He ran from Egypt and served as a shepherd for another 40 years. At age 80, God spoke to him out of a burning bush. The Lord told Moses to lead the children of Israel out of bondage which he did for another 40 years. It is noteworthy for us to see that Moses’s spiritual service started at age 80.
Job lost his entire family while faithfully serving God. During this period of grief, Satan attacked his health with boils from head to toe. God, at the end of Job’s trial, gave him another family and restored his wealth. Job was faithful regardless of health.
David was the youngest of his family. God sent Samuel to Bethlehem to anoint the next King of Israel. Jesse, David’s father, was told to bring his sons to Samuel. God intervened and told Samuel to ask if there were any other sons. Jesse sent for David who was attending the nearby flock. When David arrived, the Prophet anointed him to be the next King of Israel. David’s kingship would take place years later.
Hannah was childless. After praying for years, she promised the Lord she would give the child back to Him when her request was granted. God answered her prayer for a child, Samuel. When he was weaned, Hannah kept her word to God. She brought Samuel to Eli, a Priest of the Lord. Samuel served the Lord faithfully all his life.
John, one of the 12 disciples, served God faithfully for years. His service even brought his banishment to the island of Patmos. In exile, John wrote Revelation, the last book of the Bible. Scholars say this writing took place about 95 A.D. That would make John’s age in the late 70s at the time of this writing.
These examples reinforce our God is no respecter of persons, including age. The above servants were faithful in carrying out God’s commands. Age is not a reason for refusing to follow God’s leadership. Obedience is the only requirement. Age is just a number to God. Regardless of age, God desires your attitude to be one of submissiveness.