March 2, 2020 hepsibahgarden
Let me tell you of an event that had happened, long time ago! 🔆😎
King David was on his way back to Jerusalem after winning a great victory. There were many who had come to meet his majesty and congratulate him on his achievement. One of them was Barzillai the Gileadite who had come down to escort the king. Barzillai was a very old man, 80 years of age; he had supplied King David and his men with food when they were in a place called Mahanaim. As soon as David saw him, remembering the act of kindness Barzillai had shown to him and his men, the king said to him, “Come with me to Jerusalem, and I will take care of you. 2 Samuel 19:33.
But Barzillai answered, “I don’t have long to live; why should I go with Your Majesty to Jerusalem? I am already eighty years old, and nothing gives me pleasure any more. I can’t taste what I eat and drink, and I can’t hear the voices of singers. I would only be a burden to Your Majesty. 2 Samuel 19:34-35
The Point is: People who have become old spiritually cannot go to Jerusalem, the house of God. In the kingdom of God no one is old; everyone is young and fit, going about in the service of the Great King. See what Caleb says,
And now, behold, the Lord hath kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the Lord spake this word unto Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now, lo, I am this day fourscore and five years old. As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in. Joshua 14:10-11
If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. 2 Corinthians 5:17. As we grow old physically, we need to keep growing young spiritually. Only the young can run the spiritual race. Just like aged ones become increasingly dependant on others for help with their daily activities, spiritually when a person becomes old, he/she begins to put their trust on man for help and not on God.
The Lord does not want us to be slothful in business, He wants us to be fervent in the spirit, continuing steadfastly in prayer. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31. May the Lord help us.