“God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength but with your testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
What a wonderful reminder of God’s enduring love for us. He is not a creator of anything bad, only of good. He wants us to enjoy this temporary life on this earth. He wants for all things to be good.
Although, all things are not going to always be good and we are going to go through tough times, God is going to be there with us if we let Him. Whether we experience hurt, loneliness, loss, or any disappointments, we are to show our faithfulness. When we do this, we spread the hope to others to draw closer to Him.
This is where it begins. Listening to those more experienced is what has helped me. Most of the time, I go to my mom for her wisdom but I do not hesitate to talk with elderly people, especially the ones that are dear to my heart. I miss not being able to go to my grandparents, as they have passed from this earth. (No more hard times for them – praise Jesus for that.) I shared recently that one of my favorite quotes is, “The best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.” Andy Rooney
Not only is is psychologically proven that older people are wiser, https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/boomers-30/201708/are-older-people-wiser, but more importantly, the Bible gives us plenty of information supporting this as well.
In 1 Kings 11, Rehoboam became king after his father, King Solomon died. The people of Israel had asked for some things to be different from when his father was king. The king then, took some time to consult with the elders (ch 12, vs 6) asking them how they would handle the situation then rejected their advice. He consulted with his friends next asking the same question, and chose to please his friends, rather than the counsel of God’s people. The 12 tribes split and to not lose the rest of the people of Judah, Rehoboam fell into a spiral of unrighteous events that led him to begin to make and worship idols.
The elders, with much wisdom by their experiences in life, encouraged him to hear the people and serve the people by granting their request as king. Rather he chose to please his untried and immature friends, for popularity maybe, and it opened the door for sin and unrewarding results.
It isn’t hard to see the relation to this scripture in today’s world. Leaders in churches are adhering to what’s popular instead of measuring up to the standards of scripture. Children are not held to the high moral standards of respecting their parents, teachers, or elders like they once were. More adults are following patterns that contradict God’s word, because by worldly measures it proves success.
We have began building many idols for ourselves and our families, rather than seeking the counsel of Christ.
When we do this, when we listen to the world, we replace God’s counsel and comfort with false hope. After all, we are not promised peace on this earth so we need that comfort. God is a God of good, but we have to seek after Him. When we go through things that are just not good, things that are hard, or things that weigh us down – by turning to Him, we are giving Him the power to use our pain for good.
You know, we wouldn’t cause so much more stress on ourselves if we would only listen to His counsel and open up to the more experienced ones that could help guide us into better decision making.
We are told to honor our elders; Leviticus 19:32 Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the Lord. KJV: …honor the face of the old man. 1 Timothy 5:1-2 Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat … older women as mothers… And the way we could do this is by listening to them shed their wisdom. Not only this but we are told to teach (or to be taught) in how to live by the elders, Titus 2:3-5. Proverbs 6:20-23.
I am not old, nor do I have even remotely near all of the answers, but I am older than someone, my experience may help someone who hasn’t been there yet. Tough times, hurt, and disappointments have touched my life in some way and I have made it through. I have grown from them by drawing closer to God and seeking the counsel of the wise so because of that, I share with you. I blog because I can’t let someone, if just one, miss the opportunity to grow and come out stronger.