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How old is too old?

“Moses and Aaron did just as the Lord commanded them.  Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three when they spoke to Pharaoh.”  Exodus 7:6-7.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading; Exodus 6-8, and Luke 23.

I always pictured Moses and Aaron as being younger, maybe in their forties.

But here the two of them are early in the exodus story and they are already as old as dirt!

It does give inspiration to those of us who are retired.  I’ll never see sixty again.

I must NEVER retire from serving God.  He knows my limitations, yet there are ways that He can use me.

When my mother-in-law (now deceased) was in assisted living and near the end of her life, she told a relative that she wanted to go, “home.” There was nothing more she could do.  My relative told her that she still could pray.  And that was what my mother-in-law did.

It is true that as we age we need to adjust how we serve Him.  To accurately make that adjustment requires that I have a close relationship to Him.

“Lord, You are awesome.  You created everything, including me.  Remove from me, I beg, the things that obstruct my relationship to You.  Thank You for the endless ways that I can serve You.  Direct my path this day.  Protect me and guide me, I pray.”

I will never be too old to serve Him in some way.

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Does God check your age before assigning you?

“Moses and Aaron did just as the Lord commanded them.  Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three when they spoke to Pharaoh.”  Exodus 7:6-7.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading: Exodus 6-8, and Luke 23.

Earlier Moses had tried to remove himself from leadership.  He would be disliked.  He didn’t speak very well.  Surprised that he didn’t try the “too old” gambit!

Life has many, many easy choices: raincoat or not, shortcut or long way, etc…  Those we make with little conflict, but what about the tough ones?

We are excellent at measuring the consequences: If I do this then that could happen.  We know the cost.  Will it be worth it?

Moses had run for his life.  Now God was asking Him to go back to the scene since things had changed.  So far, so good.  But in addition, God wanted Moses to confront the leader (Pharaoh) of Egypt.  Moses could see that doing what God wanted would surely put Him in a bad place.

Excuses, excuses, excuses.  God eventually “commanded” Moses and his brother Aaron to do what He wanted.  That got their attention and they returned to Egypt.

My age need not deter me from doing what God wants.  He is in charge.  He knows what I can and can’t do.  He knew what Moses and Aaron could do.  They just needed to be willing.  And the same is true for me.

“Lord, what do You want me doing…..and not doing.  I must get those two things right.  Help me, Father.  Please be in my head so that I choose rightly.  Take away my fears over doing Your Will.  Guide me, O thou great Jehovah.”

Don’t ever think that you’re too old to be used by God!

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