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Glory and Beauty (Proverbs 20:29)

Introductory Thoughts

Each phase of life bears the marks of certain strengths and weaknesses. In youth, man has a great amount of zeal. In fact, the Bible points out that “the glory of young men is their strength.” A young man might have the fortitude, strength, and stamina to accomplish great things, but his limited knowledge hinders his ability to accomplish greatness. As time elapses, man learns from both failure and success. He obtains the knowledge and enjoys the wisdom that often eluded him during his youth. His glory no longer resides in his strength, but his beauty is now “the gray head.” The very thing that limited his ability to accomplish great things in youth is now a virtue he has achieved. The glory of his youth may have departed, but there remains hope. He has the knowledge but lacks the strength he once possessed. Fortunately, he can invest his knowledge into those who still retain their youthful vitality.

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): God calls grey hair a crown of glory for those who have trusted in Him (Proverbs 16:31). Even if they are confined to a bed or wheelchair, they can pray, praise God, and help others to know the Lord (Hebrews 13:15). Consider Anna (Luke 2:36-38).
  • (For everyone): Who are the people you know with the greatest strength and zeal? Who are the people you know with the greatest amount of knowledge and wisdom? Are they one and the same?
  • What would be the best way for young and old to use their strengths to best serve the Lord? How could they work together to accomplish more for the Lord than they could achieve separately?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Ask the Lord to increase your wisdom and strength.
  • Ask the Lord to help you serve Him to your fullest capacity.