Age and Wisdom

“The days of our lives are seventy years; and if by reason of strength they are eighty years… Teach us to number our days,that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90: 10,12)

I attended a conference for pastors when I was 25 years old.  Our speaker was a famous pastor who had snow white hair.  I felt sorry for him because he was so very, very old.  When he started to speak to us his first words were: “I’m old.  I’m gloriously old and I wouldn’t be as young and ignorant as you are for anything in the world!” I was looking at him feeling sorry for him because he was so very old while he was looking at me and feeling sorry for me because I was so very young.

In many cultures of this world today age is considered a plus because wisdom comes with age.  The psalm quoted above makes the statement that we reach 80 years “by reason of strength.”  I have had chronic fatigue since 1978 and have found that strength to be a strength which comes from the Lord and is exhibited in the showcase of my own physical weakness.

I was born eighty years ago today (25 Oct), so these verses resonate with me in a very personal way.  Two of the ways Moses exhorts us to apply this psalm is to number (or value) our days and gain a heart of wisdom about how we should spend them.

He then concludes his psalm asking God to show us the work He wants us to do for Him so that His glory might appear to our children.  His last words invite God to anoint the work He reveals to us.

3 Responses to Age and Wisdom

  1. Kathy Skeens says:

    Love you!! So thrilled to have found you!! Happy birthday to my sweet brown-eyed pastor!!! 🙂

  2. Rob Smith says:

    Moses lived 120 years so you may only be 2/3 of the way to the finish line. I think you’ve already learned the lesson that God can use a somebody who knows he’s nobody! Much joy to you as you walk with Him (and you are walking…) Rob Smith

  3. The Happiest of Birthdays to you, Dick. You may remember us from VBCC. We attended during the 70’s thru the 80’s when we had to move to Ricmond. We first met you at a Navigator Couple’s Conference and you were the guest speaker. We knew then that you were the man that God sent to teach us about the Bible and how to be a Christian and lead others to Christ. We will be forever grateful to God for bringing you in our lives. We now attend 1st Baptist Church in Shapleigh, Maine. We tell everyone we know about you and your wonderful ministries. We’ve often wondered about you and how you are doing. We’ve been reading everything on the net about you. We are so happy that you are still able to continue your ministry. We can’t even imagine the numbers of people you have helped over the years. It must be at least a million or more. You still have so much to do. God is not done with you yet. We are so proud to have known you and to have been part of your ministry at VBCC. You are the reason we are who we are. May God and his precious son, Jesus Christ, continue to bless you and your family. Love in Christ: Bill and Jill Ragland

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