So Abram went forth as the Lord had spoken to him; and Lot went with him. Now Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.
This year is soon to be my 55th year, where have the years gone? i can certainly confirm the myth is true…after 50 you pick up speed on the downhill stretch! As every Scotsman will tell you: “ach age is only a number – its no sair!” Incidentally losing your hair is “no sair” either, but is a bit chilly on frosty mornings. But being one not to let a few years put me off, I recently bought a secondhand keyboard and stand to learn piano. I played the euphonium at high school but nothing since, although I have often thought of starting to learn something again. I am only on lesson two at present, but i am loving it. But primarily my focus is on using my decreasing years ahead to serve God the best I can, in His Word and sharing His Word freely as often as I can. After all…age is only a number.
It was when I read today’s verse in my daily reading it stopped me in my tracks; here was Abram at the beginning of his ministry at the age of seventy-five! How many folk do you know that age that are beginning anything, never find founding a nation for God and leading them on a mighty trek? It occurred to me that compared to Abram I am a spring chicken, with time to spare. The thing that made Abram stand out from the crowd though was that he was a man of prayer, forever seeking the guidance and will of God. That was his superpower – God’s power in his life. He obeyed God and in the time he had left on earth he did Godly deeds, in obedience to God’s Word.
Dear reader, if you like me have not made best use of your early years and talents, do not despair. Almighty God can use you to His glory at any age, and I do mean ANY age! Take a leaf out of Abram’s book and seek God at every opportunity for His guidance in all things before you; by His power you can achieve great things. You are never too old!