Thursday, September 24, 2015

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Elderly: Source of Blessing

Philips Zachariah
Trinity MTC, Houston, TX
19 But his father refused, and said, “I know, my son, I know; he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great. Nevertheless his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his offspring shall become a multitude of nations.” 

In eastern cultures and traditions, elders are placed at a higher level of esteem and respect because of their life experiences and roles as principal provider of the household. Younger generations look up to them for moral guidance and wisdom as they are seen closer to God spiritually. In the Old Testament we see that parents or elders are representatives of God on earth, and they should be honored and revered.
Here in the passage we see that Jacob (Israel), even though of ill health and poor sight, was able to see clearly and act with resolve when it came to blessing his grandchildren. Even though his son, Joseph, tried to correct him using his earthly understanding and discernment, Jacob was one with God and exercised God's will when it came to blessing his grandchildren.
Just like Esau in the devotion, many a times we tackle difficult situations using our understanding and limited experiences, but when we approach our elders, they show us their perspective with a Godly dimension towards problem solving.  We need to be thankful and appreciate our elders, who are a constant source of blessing in our life through their unceasing prayers and Godly insights.


Dear Lord, help us to love and cherish our elders during their life on earth with us. Help us to be patient, caring and understanding in our dealings with them and know that it is your will that needs to be done in our lives and we need to submit ourselves to you completely, just like our elders, in order to be a blessing.
Listen and obey your elders for they have found God's favor.