OLD AGE IS NOT SICKNESS
Today we are going to deal with a subject that is on the heart of Yah in a great way. Most people think that growing old is a sickness, or at the very least, that when you grow old you must be sick, dependent and helpless. They think that your life has literally come to a very bad place- a place of hopelessness. This is the reason why so many elderly people are in a state of depression. But I have good news for you today, old age is not sickness and it is not mandatory to be sick in your old age. Even when you have a physical challenge, there is always a way out and around it.
Even to your old age I will be the same, until you are gray I will carry you, I have done it; I will bear you; I will carry you; I will deliver you.
When we go into the scriptures we can see that, for the most part, Yahveh greatly used those that we consider of old age. He especially used people when they were at an age when most people of today think, ”Wow, it’s over for me”, For example, take Moses, who got the vision of delivering his people from bondage at the age of 40. He didn’t do it correctly at first because he killed an Egyptian. Instead of coming from the spirit, he came from the flesh. It took him 40 more years, living in the desert, tending the sheep in the wilderness, waiting, being formed, being molded, being shaped.
When Moses was 80, he had a visitation and from that moment he was sent out to do his life’s mission. Do you understand this? His life mission did not come to fruition until the of 80! Today 80 is considered to be an old age, definitely not the time for fulfilling your life’s vision and your life’s mission which requires strength, sharpness of mind and ability. Yet Elohim- Yaweh chose Moses at the age of 80 to fulfill a mission that for most people, including you, would be a difficult mission. This mission of going into a great empire like Egypt, the greatest empire of its time, to Pharaoh, the greatest king of his time, was a great a challenge. Imagine contesting that great Pharaoh and commanding him to let his Jewish slaves go.
That of course sounded presumptuous and even ridiculous! Moses needed strength of character to be able to do that. He needed strength in body to be able to make the journey from Midian to Egypt through the wilderness. And yet, at the age of 80, he had both the strength of character and of body, together with the additional empowerment of the Holy Spirit. The anointing of the fire of Yaveh, the power of Elohim Himself was upon 80-year old Moses to display His signs wonders and miracles. Of course Moses himself had an issue with insecurity, he said to Yahveh, ” I cannot speak”. Though Yaveh was upset of Moses because of that insecurity, He provided Aaron his brother for him. Aaron (who was 3 years older than Moses) was strong when Moses was weak.
This reminds us of Shaul (Paul) the apostle, He had a thorn in the flesh, a place of weakness and when he prayed for Adonai to remove it from him, Adonai said, ” NO!” My grace is sufficient for you, my strength is perfected in your weakness.
2 Corinthians 12:9
But He said to me, ” My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness, ” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly in my weakness, so that the power of Messiah may dwell in me.
We will never know what Shaul’s thorn was, except that he said it was a messenger of Satan to torment him. Whatever it was, the point is that where we are weak. Yahveh can become strong. Aaron became the strength of Moses for speech purposes, then Moses had not excuse to fulfill this mission.
The Lord said to Moses, ”See, I have made you as God to Pharaoh. Your brother Aaron will be the one who speaks for you.
This is exactly what will happen to anyone of us when it is time to fulfill the mission for which we were born. When it is time for us to obey Yahveh in His life purpose for us, then He will send us His strength in whatever place we are weak. We never have any excuses- His grace is sufficient for us, at any age and with any weakness.
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
I remember one time when I was browsing through the internet and all of a sudden a video of the famous evangelist Kathryn Kulhman popped up. I began to watch the video and she was asking God a question: ”Why now God, at my age, has my ministry become so big?” and then she said: ” I will not tell you my age, ” and she went on saying : ” I started serving you when I was 16 years old and now at my age I have so much to do, so many letters to answer, so many meetings, so many people to minister to, why now? Why not when I was younger and I had all the strength?” Then the Lord answered her: ”Kathryn, do you want to know why now at your age? Kathryn said: ” Yes Lord”. And the Lord continued: ”It is because you were not ready then.”Kathryn Kulhman was a tremendous evangelist. She is one who introduced the people to intimacy with the Holy Spirit. Her ministry was accompanied with astounding miracles. And, what most people don’t know, is that the greater years for her were later years. She passed away in 1976 and during the last eleven years of her life she displayed the great demonstration of Elohim’s power and she became the example of faith that we have today. We have calculated that she must have been in her mid-50’s when her ministry really became big and in her late 60’s she passed away.
We see the same exact same pattern in the case of Moses, the great deliverer of Israel, Kathryn Kulhman, the great evangelist and Abraham and Sarah the ones who became the parents of the promised child, Isaac, when Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah was 90.
Then Adonai visited Sarah just as He had said, and Adonai did for Sarah just as He had spoken. So Sarah became pregnant and gave birth to a son for Abraham in his old age, at the appointed time that God had told him. Abraham named his son who was born to him- whom Sarah bore for him- Issac.
All of these were not ready when they were younger, it took time for the Almighty to prepare them for the greater things. Just like Yeshua speaks to us in the Book of John when He says that those that believe in Him will do greater things, yet it takes time and preparation of a vessel to able to move into the greater things that He promised. Most often it will not happen until we reach our senior years.
Another example of this principle is Joshua and Caleb. These two Hebrew spies, that were full of faith at the time when most of Israel was full fear and unbelief, still waited for 40 more years before they could enter their greater ministry. They were both 85 years old when they became the army commanders that brought all of the Joshua generation into the land of Israel. Those young ones would not have been able to do it by themselves, they needed the faith, the character, the experience, the maturity of 85 year old Joshua to be able to conquer and possess the Promised Land.
If you consider yourself old, or you think people consider you old, do not lie down and play dead. Repent and kick out out all the infirmities, all the excuses, all the self-pity, rise up and be counted, your better years are ahead of you. If you are a young one and you have thought to yourself: ”Well, those guys, they are like dinosaurs, what do they know? It is better to be young than to be old!”. Beware beloved, as you need the wisdom, the experience and the faith of the faithful Seniors that have been battling in the Kingdom of God before you.
Is not wisdom with the aged and understanding bring long life?
I thought, ” Let days speak and many years teach wisdom.
Just like in the case of the Joshua generation, you will not be able to possess all the promises of Elohim without them leading you. Repentance is needed and a return to honour the elders, then it shall go well with you.
I have one important instruction to the younger ones. There are two extremes you need to avoid. One extreme is not to care at all for the Senior elders and the other extreme is to smother them with care. The first extreme means that you do not fear God at all because you do not honour the elders and the second extreme though more subtile and sophisticated also implies a lack of honour because it makes the elders helpless and co-dependent. Make sure you honour your elders, care for them but never treat them as less than you are. Honour their request, if they need help and ask for it, give it. If they do not want help, do not force it upon them. Encourage them to believe in their ability to be independent. You may be the strength in their weakness but remember that they are the wisdom, the experience, the faith and the faithfulness that you are lacking.
You are to rise up in the presence of the gray-haired and honour the presence of the elderly. So you will fear your God. I am Adonai.
Beloved Seniors, Yahveh is calling you to the front line of the end-time revival and the end-time battle. Senior Power is now being released into the world to take us all into the third-day revival. The best is now to come!
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength; they will fly up on wings like eagles; they will run and not be tired; they will walk and not be weary.