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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.

Genesis 12:4 (NASB)

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!

51 thoughts on “Never Too Old!

  1. Congratulations on your 55th year. I am now 67. Abraham is a great model. So is Caleb.

    “So here I am today, eighty-five years old! I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out.” ~Caleb

    Blessings.

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  2. I will take HIS HAND and believe for a new project. Dave and I will be 80 in 2o23 and we take heart in knowing Moses was 80 when he led the children of Israel , Pray you Alan will use all your gifts for many more years. Blessings1

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      1. Thank you….this was a wonderful posting….I am 72 years of age, going to be 73 years of age in April….I have to part company with the idea that age is just a number though….just about every person I meet says this but age is destiny…and my primary physician would disagree that age is just a number…..in fact, in the Holy Book, God says he doesn’t care how old we are…He just wants our hearts….and my life prior to this has been filled with many ups and downs….regrets…(sure, I’ve had a few, to coin a phrase from a popular song)….but I have recently recovered from a very very serious case of close to terminal COVID, and I praise God for allowing me to continue my life….at 72 years of age, I have been reformed and renewed in my faith and spirit, and I work a midnight shift…close to 84 hours a week…12 hours each night…and I wear my hair long, and have the strength of Samson (just kidding…but God has blessed me with good health and strength to meet the tasks of my employment)….but thanks again…your words have provided me a smile and encouragement….and may God bless you, my friend…..

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      2. Thank you for your lovely comments Gregory, such sharing blesses me and encourages me as a writer for His service. Your testimony is an amazing story my friend, and the fact that you are still in employment is amazing. May our Father God sustain and guide you each day brother. 🙏

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  3. Your post is timely for me Alan. I was just asking the Lord the other day if I should hang up my music (I play keyboard and sing). The same day I received a frantic text to fill in for someone to lead worship from the piano the next morning. In the audience was a visitor known for his singing and it had been requested he do a special number. He pointed at me and said, well I have a piano player. It was 50 years ago I had played for him in a high school contest and he had sung the song “He touched me” by Bill Gaither for the highest rating given. So once again I played and he sang “He touched me” with a wet eyed church. Worship was special last Sunday and I received more in an answer from the Lord about being relevant as an older musician….keep going on those lessons.

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    1. Wow Gary what a beautiful moment that must have been! Our Father God certainly is wonderful how He guides and answers our prayers. Thank you for sharing this brother, may you continue to be blessed in serving Him each day.

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  4. Hi Alan, Writing to you from the U.S. (California), I am relatively new to your Devotional Treasures which I am very blessed by. This one in particular blesses my soul in a special way as there have been so many years in my life that the locusts have eaten. I just turned 67 and I see I’m not the only one losing my hair! 🙂 These are gentle reminders that our days on this earth are numbered. By His grace, may we consecrate all the rest of our days on earth to the Lord and for His glory!!! I know you will give a hearty AMEN! Thank you so much for these Spirit-filled devotionals! I pray for many, many more to come and for His glory!!!

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    1. Hi Susan! Welcome to Devotional Treasures sister. Losing hair is another thing us Scots say “is no sair!” It means I have less time wasted combing…haha. As I say it is never too late to make a difference serving God, regardless of our age. Indeed I was just talking to a dear sister who is turning 80 soon! Is there anything I can pray about with you Susan? In the meantime, I pray that our Father God continue to guide and bless you each day, Amen.🙏

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      1. Hi Alan! Thank you very much for your message and warm welcome. Thank you also for explaining what “sair” means. Now that I understand it, I can say, haha too! Praying for our beautiful sister who will turn 80 soon. What a wonderful inspiration she is to the praise and glory of our Lord! “The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in the house of the LORD; they flourish in the courts of our God. They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green, to declare that the LORD is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.” Psa 92:12-15. AMEN & AMEN!!! Thank you very much for your prayers and for asking me if there’s something more specific to pray for. For myself and for all of my brothers & sisters in Christ I pray that He will teach us to pray; that Christ will be formed in us; that our lives will be fully consecrated to Him and for His glory; that we will be filled with and walk in the Spirit; that we will be overcomers and have victory over our sin. I pray for revival in my own life and in the church for His glory! Thank you once again! With richest blessings in our Lord to you & your family.

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      2. Hi Susan, your message truly is an amazing inspiration to me sister! As I read it I am blessed by well selected scripture and wise prayers that could have been by Solomon himself. I will be honoured to add my name to your prayer for us, our brethren and the church. May our Father God continue to guide you in your devotions and service of Him, that you would be a blessing to others and be richly blessed yourself, Amen. 🙏

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      3. Hi again Alan, I wanted to include this into my prayer for us all: That we will truly be Christians for such a time as this!!!

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      4. Hi again Alan, I’m trying to reply to your message from Jan. 19th so we’ll see where this message ends up in the thread which I know is getting quite long. I wanted to thank you for your beautiful message and to say: All praise and glory to our Lord!!! I am humbled by your kind words. All glory to God!!! Thank you so much for your prayers and encouragement in the Lord!

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  5. I fully agree, Alan. If we are willing, God can use us at any age, regardless of how, or where, we are. Every contact with another human being, however slight, can have a big impact XXXXXX

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    1. Thank you, I probably confused the issue by saying that this year is my 55th, meaning that when my date in March turns I will be the big 55! Where have all the years gone?😟 I thank God for your precious encouragement Mandy. May He bless you and yours today!

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      1. What day in March is your birthday?! Nathan is March 1 and PQ is March 31! So excited that you share a birthday month with them! There’s a Sierra Leonean saying, “time waits for no man.” How true. Praising God for you, Alan!!!

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      2. That is kind of you sister. But I will be honest with you I have never been a big fan of birthdays, which comes from when I was a kid birthdays were never celebrated in our house.

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  6. Oh how wonderful, it’s your birthday!!! Happy Birthday Alan!!! Thank you so much for stirring us ever onward, ever upward to new heights through these Devotional Treasures!!! May the Lord continue to fill you with His Spirit as you are used by Him to point us ever deeper into the love, knowledge and true worship of our Lord and for His glory!!!

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    1. Hi Susan, the way I wrote that hasn’t been the best. What I should have said is that this year (March) I turn 55 years old. Sorry for the misunderstanding, but I will be blessed in your greetings anyway I am sure, now and in March!

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    2. oops! Unfortunately, we can’t delete these messages once they’re posted! They’re on for posterity!!! I saw Mandy’s post but not yours (until it was too late) 😦 Oh well! I sent you Happy Birthday blessings early this year! 🙂 But the rest of my message stands regardless!

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      1. Thank you so much brother Alan, All praise and glory to our Lord!!! I am humbled by your kind words. All glory to our Lord and King!!! (I don’t know where this is going to end up in the thread but I’m trying!)

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    1. I go away for an hour to catch up on some reading and come back to see you have been reading too Andy! 😁
      Thank you for your kind words, I may look calm but under the surface I am paddling like mad…especially this week as the wedding gets closer.

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      1. God bless you and the family for your faithfulness in intercession.
        At this time of transition may you find moments of rest and peace in His presence, and each day be a banquet of blessings from His hand, Amen.

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