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All Have Something to Offer (Deuteronomy 32:7)

Introductory Thoughts

The strength of any people will be determined by how they deal with two people groups: their young and their old. If at any point, either of these two groups becomes viewed as simply burdensome, both will cease to effectively attain God’s intended desire for society. The aged members of society are most often its wisest. They have had successes and failures and learned from both (Deuteronomy 32:7). They have witnessed the Lord’s provision through difficult times (Psalm 37:25). God purposed for the aged to instruct the young in practical and spiritual matters (Titus 2:1-11). While the young should feed off of the wisdom of the aged, the elderly members of society can be nourished by the joy, strength, and life of younger people (Ruth 4:15).

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): The Bible testifies of children helping their parents. David made sure his parents were safe when Saul chased him (1 Samuel 22:3-4). Joseph brought his father into Egypt where there was plenty of food (Genesis 45:16-18). Jesus made sure His mother would be cared for after He returned to heaven (John 19:26-27).
  • (For everyone): Would you be considered young or old? How could you best benefit those in your family, church, or community? Can you offer wisdom? Can you be a nourisher of someones old age?
  • Around what people (young or aged) do you spend the bulk of your time and expend your energies? How could you benefit from fellowshipping with people who are both older and younger than yourself?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Thank the Lord for the godly influences in your life.
  • Ask the Lord to help you strengthen others.