Dec29SunDecember 29, 2019
Weary, Withered, Weathered or Wise?
"I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom…Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment." (Job 32:7, 9)
Praise the Lord Everyone! Here we are, the last Sunday of 2019. Are you Weary? Withered? Weathered or Wise? It’s a good time to do a self-examination as we approach the New Year and New Decade (see II Cor. 13:5). Living by faith, walking by faith, speaking faith —not faith in faith but faith in God, the Faith of God — that’s how you approach every day. The Word of God says, "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, EVEN OUR FAITH (I Jn. 5:4)!”
Good athletes, as they age in their craft/sport, adjust their game according to their current physical abilities. They realize their limitations and adjust their skills so they can remain competitive until they are ready to retire. They work harder and they play smarter. Some work just as hard or even harder in the off season as they do when their season begins. They change their diet or hire nutritionists. As “Father Time” sets in they do what is necessary to maintain their edge until they are no longer effective. Some try to outdo “Father Time” and end up embarrassing themselves or being forced to retire or be cut from the team. The key to longevity is how they take care of their body as well as the state of their mind.
We are Believers for the rest of our lives continuing on into eternity. As Believers, we want to stay sharp, hone our skills (cultivate the divine nature), and remain productive (fruitful) as long as we are alive here on earth. The Word of God says, "They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing (Ps. 92:14).” The word “fat” means vigorous (strong, healthy, full of energy), stalwart (loyal, reliable, hard working), rich, and fertile. In 2019 you were reminded to “Step Into It!” concerning the things of God. In 2020 you are encouraged to “Run With It!”